Online threats add up to $1 million bail for Reed City man

August 22, 2019

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Mount Pleasant Post cooperated with the Ferris State University Department of Public Safety and the Reed City Police Department on 08/18/2019 to investigate the report of threatening videos posted online.

At approximately 3:00 am on 08/18/2019 law enforcement became aware of multiple videos posted by an individual expressing potential threatening feelings toward Ferris State University, area hospitals, the Veterans’ Affairs Office, and military police personnel.

The Michigan Intelligence Operations Center was immediately engaged in the investigation, and the suspect was quickly identified.

Arnold Holmes was arrested for making online threats on YouTube. He is currently being held on $1 million bond.

The suspect was located to ensure he was not actively pursuing actions against these organizations.

An arrest warrant was authorized by the Osceola County Prosecutor’s Office. The police agencies were supported by the Michigan State Police Sixth District Emergency Services Team personnel, the Michigan State Police Sixth District Fugitive Team, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The suspect who was identified as a 33-year-old Reed City man, was arrested at his residence on Sunday evening.

The rapid response resulted in the suspect being lodged in the Osceola County Jail on a bond of one million dollars.

Arnold Holmes of Reed City caught the attention of police after posting threatening videos on YouTube over the weekend.

The threats were mostly directed at a Ferris State University professor, his leaders in the marines and local hospitals. His family says he has struggled with PTSD since he was discharged from the Marines in 2012.

He is currently lodged on two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge. The charges include Posting Terroristic Threats, Use of Computer to Commit a Felony, and Illegal Use of a Telecommunication Device.

Due to the collaborative response and immediate actions taken by law enforcement, there was never a physical threat to the personnel at the organizations listed by the suspect. There is currently no threat to these organizations, and business will be conducted as usual. This incident is an example of well executed cooperation, and an opportunity to remind the communities we serve to notify your local law enforcement if you see or hear anything you feel may be a threat to public safety.

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