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June 19, 2013

Teen arrested for domestic terrorism back in court June 21

By Sherri Kolade
C & G Staff Writer

ORCHARD LAKE — A 16-year-old Detroit resident allegedly behind posting a picture of himself holding a gun on Instagram making threats toward the St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair will have a hearing June 21 before Judge Lisa Gorcyca in Oakland County Circuit Court.

According to Oakland County juvenile court documents, the teen was arrested May 24 after the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office authorized and granted an arrest warrant against him for domestic terrorism, a 20-year felony; investigators arrested him inside his home.

On May 25, he was arraigned and held at Children’s Village in Pontiac. The reading of the charges was waived and he was held without bond at Children’s Village.

The teen's initial hearing and preliminary examination was June 5, and Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Josh Arnkoff requested that the courts try the teen “in (the) same manner as an adult,” according to the court documents.

An Oakland County Sherriff’s Office press release stated that calls were made to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and the Orchard Lake Police Department after parents and others reportedly noticed someone posting threats on Twitter and Instagram against the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Festival shortly before the festival was scheduled to be held.

“The threats consisted of several photos showing a handgun, an assault rifle and a photo of several fully loaded high-capacity magazines for a handgun,” the press release states.

Each of the photos made a reference to the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Festival. One of the photos shows someone holding a gun with a message underneath that states, “We can’t wait till st. marys fair.”

An attorney for the teen could not be reached by press time.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sherri Kolade at skolade@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1046.