Shelby man accused of threatening shooting at Lakeside

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published March 12, 2018

 Tyler Tindell

Tyler Tindell

Police say they have arrested a Shelby Township man who, according to law enforcement, is accused of threatening a shooting attack on Lakeside Mall.

According to a statement from the Shelby Township Police Department, police heard of a “credible tip” March 9 that reportedly involved the planning of a domestic terrorist act directed at the mall, located near Schoenherr Road and M-59/Hall Road in Sterling Heights.

Shelby police then teamed up with Sterling Heights police and Macomb County’s FBI Violent Crimes Task Force to find the suspect, as well as to secure and keep an eye on Lakeside Mall and the surrounding area.

Police said they arrested a suspect that afternoon, and he was identified as Tyler Tindell, 20, of Shelby Township. In the statement, Shelby police said Tindell “had sent threatening text messages planning a mass shooting at Lakeside Mall.”

Officers also conducted a search warrant at his home and reportedly discovered a gun.

Tindell was arraigned March 12 before Judge Douglas Shepherd in 41-A District Court in Shelby Township. Tindell was charged with making a terrorist threat or a false report of terrorism, a felony. Bond was set at $150,000, with no 10 percent option.

According to Sterling Heights Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski, no one’s safety was imperiled at Lakeside due to the thorough work of multiple police agencies.

Dwojakowski said Shelby Township handled much of the investigation, but a Sterling Heights officer is also affiliated with the FBI task force.

“He was involved with surveillance and the arrest of the suspect,” the chief said. “Shelby Township carried out the search warrant.”

Shelby Township Deputy Police Chief Mark Coil could not be reached by press time. An attorney for the suspect could not be reached at press time.

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Shelby Township Police Department at (586) 731-2121 or the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2800.