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False Alarm Closes Mall Early

False Alarm Closes Mall Early

A man accused of a swatting incident at The Crossroads Mall in Portage Friday has been arrested.

WOOD TV reports a concerned parent told police that his son said he was at Crossroads Mall and was going to "shoot it up."

Officers arrived at the mall and saw a vehicle linked to the 22-year-old suspect in the parking lot. The mall was asked to close early and officials escorted people out of the mall as a safety precaution.

After the evacuation, dispatchers began to receive unusual 911 calls from an unidentified individual.

In one of the calls, the suspect said "three people are dead," and in another call, he told dispatchers that he was heading to an apartment complex in Kalamazoo with a gun and that police should respond there to save lives.

According to officials, at around 9:30 p.m., a Portage Department of Public Safety officer spotted the original suspect on Schuring Road near Oakland Drive.

The man fled on foot, but was eventually arrested. His mobile phone was found near him, hidden and partly dismantled. No weapons were found with him.

The suspect is being held at the Kalamazoo County Jail and faces charges of unauthorized 911 use and resisting and obstructing a police officer.

 

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