St. Clair Shores man arrested after threatening to harm '200 police'

By: Kristyne E. Demske | C&G Newspapers | Published August 22, 2019

 Cory Fraser

Cory Fraser

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A 30-year-old St. Clair Shores man is behind bars after allegedly making threats against three local police agencies to a former college classmate.

Cory Fraser allegedly contacted a former Wayne State University classmate the evening of Aug. 19. He had not spoken to her since the spring of 2018. According to a press release from Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith’s office, “During the course of text messages and a phone call, the female classmate noted that the defendant became very upset, stating that Wayne State, Roseville and Warren police ‘went after me’ and were prejudicial toward him.”

After about 20 minutes of phone conversation, Fraser allegedly stated that he wanted to harm officers from the three police agencies. He also referenced the Aug. 14 shooting of six police officers in Philadelphia, stating that he was mad about it because only six officers were harmed and that he wanted to shoot 200 officers.

Dan DeBruin, an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, said that when the threat came to their office, they were informed that Fraser said the Philadelphia shooting “wasn’t enough.”

“He threatened to shoot, poison and bite more officers,” DeBruin said Aug. 22, after Fraser was arraigned in front of 40th District Court Magistrate Mark Metry.

Fraser was arraigned on a charge of making a false threat of terrorism, a 20-year felony, in front of Metry.

DeBruin told Metry that those threats “put the students on that campus in jeopardy as well,” and asked that Fraser be prohibited from using computers or telecommunication devices if he posts bond, as well as be placed under house arrest should that occur.

Metry issued those limitations and set a $250,000 cash-or-surety bond for Fraser, who asked for a court-appointed attorney. He also said that Fraser is to have no contact with Wayne State University.

Fraser told the court that he is not working and is living with his godmother, who he has lived with part time throughout his life.

Chris Powell, an investigator with Wayne State University police, said that Fraser last attended the school in 2016 after transferring from another university.

He said they take all threats seriously, and they forwarded the warrant for Fraser’s arrest to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office after conducting an investigation.

There was no documented prior interaction between Fraser and Wayne State University police dating back to 2016, Powell said.

Fraser will next be in court at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 3 for a probable cause conference and at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 10 for a preliminary examination.

In the press release, Smith stated, “This former classmate should be commended for her swift action, contacting the authorities regarding these very disturbing and dangerous threats. The specific reference to another tragic mass shooting in our nation and the desire to inflict a greater deal of harm to our local law enforcement is chilling. We will prosecute this defendant to the fullest extent of the law.”

Wayne State University police worked with St. Clair Shores police and a multijurisdictional Special Operations Task Force to apprehend Fraser at around 8 p.m. Aug. 21.