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Ypsilanti Township Man In Custody After Threatening To Blow Up Home

Oct 30, 2018

A local man who barricaded himself in his home for several hours this morning has surrendered to police, without incident.  There will still be a large police presence in the 1300 block of Crestwood in Ypsilanti Township while Michigan State Police Bomb Squad search the home for explosives and the investigation is wrapped up. 

Derrick Jackson is the Director of Community Engagement for the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. He says there were a few houses in the nearby area were evacuated as a safety precaution. Three Ypsilanti Community Schools building within 1-3 miles of the incident were put on lockdown for the duration of the incident. Affected Ypsilanti Township residents have been allowed to return to their homes and the lockdown at the schools has been lifted. There were no injuries as a result of the incident. 

Officer Jackson says a woman reported her roommate to law enforcement after leaving the home through a window around 8am. She told officers the man was acting unusually, and she didn't feel safe. Jackson says when law enforcement made contact, the suspect indicated he wanted to blow up the house. 

The Michigan State Police and Washtenaw Metro Swat team were called in and the area around the house was closed off. A Crisis Negotiating Team (CTN) was called in and made occasional contact with the man until such time he agreed to leave the house peacefully, around 11:30 this morning. 

Jackson says the individual will undergo a psychiatric evaluation at a local hospital. Any criminal charges will be determined following that process.