$239K in restitution sought for Binson’s bomb threat

Parolee faces possible prison time, $239K in restitution

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published April 17, 2019

 Jason Metras

Jason Metras

CENTER LINE — A man who reportedly told police he called in a bomb threat to a Center Line business because his girlfriend who worked there was too cold pleaded guilty in March, but remains in hot water this month. 

Jason Metras, 41, of Detroit, is scheduled to be back in Macomb County Circuit Court April 24, where Judge James Biernat Jr. will determine his sentence for a Jan. 31 bomb threat at Binson’s Medical Equipment & Supplies. Prosecutors are also seeking $239,251 in restitution for losses and costs incurred as a result of the police response. 

“This case is so unusual and, of course, the money that was involved in responding to that call, the bomb threat, the resources, we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars, loss of business,” said defense attorney Warren McAlpine, representing Metras in the case. “What Mr. Metras was thinking, I can’t tell you, but he regrets it. His regrets may go far into the future if he has to pay restitution for the losses involved.”

McAlpine said Metras entered the guilty plea under a Cobbs agreement, asking the judge to pass a sentence that falls within the bottom third of the sentencing guidelines for the felony offense. If the judge opts to exceed that agreement, McAlpine said the plea could be withdrawn.

Making a false report or threat of a bomb/harmful device is punishable by up to four years in prison. 

After his arrest March 1, Metras was also jailed on a Michigan Department of Corrections parole hold. Bail in the bomb threat case was set at $10,000 cash, but he was not eligible for release, according to court records. 

According to MDOC online records, Metras was imprisoned for armed robbery and felony weapons offenses in 2004 and was paroled in September. He was set to be discharged from supervision on June 23.  

Binson’s owns a total of seven buildings on Lawrence Avenue in Center Line, south of 11 Mile Road and west of Van Dyke Avenue, all of which were reportedly evacuated and searched after the bomb threat was received at 1:15 p.m. Jan. 31. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded with K-9 teams to assist in the search for explosives, but nothing was found.

Metras reportedly told Center Line detectives that his girlfriend, then a Binson’s employee, was cold at work.  

“It was the coldest day of the year. He wanted to get his girlfriend out of the building to be warm with him,” Center Line Public Safety Department Detective Sgt. Michael Gerald said. “She was complaining it was cold in the building.”

Call Staff Writer Brian Louwers at (586) 498-1089.