At approximately 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, Michigan State Police received information of a possible threat to houses of worship in the Metro Detroit area. The subject in question—a 60-year-old male—reportedly made statements about “blowing up” mosques near and around the Detroit area, and was travelling from Minneapolis to Detroit in a blue sedan.

The subject taken into custody by Michigan State Police on April 12 in Paw Paw, MI—on the west side of the state—after reportedly ramming 11 vehicles. According to victim statements, the subject is believed to have intentionally rammed into “vehicles driven by persons of color.” The subject continued to make disparaging remarks about women and minorities during encounters with police. Police did not identify any weapons or explosives in the vehicle. He is currently being held at Van Buren County Jail pending charges. As this incident involves houses of worship, the FBI will continue investigating.

The subject did not enter Dearborn city limits at any point. There are no known threats to the public and the subject is believed to have been acting alone.

Upon being informed of the threat, Dearborn Police stationed officers at all mosques in the City of Dearborn as a precaution.

All press inquiries should be directed to Michigan State Police and the FBI.

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