State: Man arrested for bomb threat to Michigan Capitol


The Michigan Capitol Building on Jan. 7, 2021.

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — State officials say a Charlotte man has been arrested for allegedly calling in a bomb threat to the Michigan Capitol Thursday morning.

He was identified in a press release from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office as Michael Varrone, 48.

According to Capitol officials, the threat was received around 6:45 a.m. People who work at the building were immediately notified. Michigan State Police say there were no legislative sessions scheduled for Thursday, so the building was already closed to the public.

A bomb squad was sent to the Capitol to check it out, with MSP saying the move was made in an “abundance of caution.” By around 9 a.m., they had confirmed there was no danger and staff members were allowed to return. A News 8 crew at the scene noted it seemed calm.

The AG’s Office said Verrone was arrested without incident Thursday afternoon outside his home. It’s unclear how authorities tracked him down.

The threat came one day after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol.

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