Police in Port Huron, Michigan, reported the arrest of a man accused of setting off explosives with the intent to frighten. According to court documents, the 59-year-old man is a contracted worker at McLaren Port Huron Hospital. He was arraigned on the felonies on a recent Sunday.
In an arrest report, police allege the man placed explosives in the trashcans at the hospital. At approximately 3:45 p.m. on a Wednesday, he allegedly set off three explosive devices. According to police, the damage caused was insignificant, and nobody was injured. However, the loud sound of the explosion terrorized and frightened the people inside the hospital building.
The charges filed against the man included two felonies. The first is a 20-year felony charge for committing an explosive violation involving a vulnerable target. The second is a five-year felony for setting the explosives with intent to frighten. Bond was set, and a probable cause conference was scheduled.
Those facing felonies in Michigan must remember that they have the right to remain silent. The police will likely do anything to get the accused person to say something that could be self-incriminating. However, they may not continue questioning if the person wants an attorney present. The reality is that the part of the statement that says “anything you say can and will be held against you” is true, and it is precisely what they want. Regardless of how much law enforcement encourages the alleged felon to talk his or her way out of it, the sensible step is to insist on having legal counsel to protect one’s legal rights.