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Michigan man accused of planning to steal US Coast Guard helicopter, attack hospital

Coronavirus-related protests have popped up across the state — from individuals refusing to wear face masks to barbers giving haircuts to the masses in Lansing.

Now one man is accused of planning to disrupt power to a hospital to “release” coronavirus patients and steal a helicopter.

Jesse T. McFadden, 70, was arrested May 20 after he allegedly threatened to shoot Arenac County Central dispatchers “to quarantine them” before going to a local hospital to disrupt the power and demand keys to the ambulances, said Hampton Township Police Lt. Michael Wedding.

McFadden then planned to go to the U.S. Coast Guard Station Saginaw River to steal a helicopter or boat.

McFadden called the dispatchers at 7:58 a.m. May 17. Dispatchers passed along the information to police. Wedding said officers had information that he could be an ex-Michigan militia man and may have machine guns and M16s on him.

“That was before we actually found him with just the shotgun, that is the information we had,” Wedding said. “So we were taking it very seriously about what type of person we might be dealing with.”

McFadden then made the 50-mile drive to the Coast Guard station.

Around 10:37 a.m. he arrived and tried to punch in the code to enter through the gates. When he was refused entry, he threatened to ram the gates.

After McFadden drove away from the station, reports of a black Ford Explorer, the vehicle McFadden was seen driving, was spotted near an area hospital, but it was later determined the vehicle was not his.

At 11:17 a.m., officers noticed the vehicle at a Speedway gas station at 1504 Center Avenue in Hampton Township. McFadden appeared to have gone in the store, but had left the car running and the door open, Wedding said.

When he came out of the store, McFadden was met by law enforcement from various agencies. Wedding said this gave him the opportunity to go around the vehicle and turn off the car to prevent McFadden from being able to quickly drive off. Wedding then found a loaded shotgun underneath a black leather trench coat on the passenger seat.

“The timing of this was really amazing, because if it had been a traffic stop, or if they had come out of the Coast Guard Station to let him in, he could have just easily grabbed that shotgun,” Wedding said. “It was really the only time he was away from that firearm that allowed us that small window to take him down without me having to shootout.”

No other weapons were found in the vehicle.

According to Wedding, McFadden pushed away the trooper he was speaking with when he noticed Wedding had the shotgun. He was then placed under arrest, but resisted. He then assaulted another officer before he was taken to the jail, where he assaulted a correctional officer.

McFadden was arraigned in Bay County District Court May 18 on three counts of assaulting, resisting or obstructing police and one count of transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, reports MLive. He was freed on a personal recognizance bond and scheduled for a case settlement conference on May 29.

He is set to appear for a detention hearing in the federal case on May 26, but is detained until then, according to MLive.

Article source: https://www.hillsdale.net/news/20200525/michigan-man-accused-of-planning-to-steal-us-coast-guard-helicopter-attack-hospital

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