PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) - A man accused of a swatting incident at The Crossroads Mall in Portage Friday has been arrested.
According to a news release, 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 22-year-old Mitchell Meister 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 Meister on Schuring Road near Oakland Drive.
Meister fled on foot, but was eventually arrested. His mobile phone was found near him, hidden and partly dismantled. No weapons were found with him.
Meister 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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