Grand Haven Coast Guard Station Threatened – Watch

Grand Haven Coast Guard Station Threatened - Watch

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) – A serious situation continues to unravel at the Coast Guard Station in Grand Haven.

The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety initially was investigating an incident as a potential act of domestic terrorism.

The 34-year-old suspect was arrested Sunday morning. Police are now linking him to another crime — a suspicious fire in Oceana County.

Newschannel 3’s Lourin Sprenger filed this report before heading to breaking news.

A call too close for comfort here at the Grand Haven Coast Guard station, after a 34-year-old man rammed his Dodge pickup truck through the security gate and made his way inside.

Grand Haven Public Safety Chief Jeff Hawke says, “The suspect broke into the building and with unclear intentions and motives was taken into custody by Coast Guard personnel.”

Just minutes earlier, the suspect called 9-1-1, threatening dispatchers.

“The suspect alluded to the fact that he had a bomb in his truck,” Hawke says.

Michigan State Police cleared both the truck and the building, finding no signs of explosives. “Nothing was found in the truck nothing was found in the building the area is safe,” Hawke says.

The scare shut down Harbor Drive and the boardwalk for hours as police asked nearby residents to stay in their homes.

“We initially investigated the incidents as domestic terrorism,” Hawke says.

The suspect’s intentions remain unclear. Hawke says, “The investigation has not revealed any link to terrorism or a terrorist organization.”

Grand Haven Public Safety says there is no longer any threat to the Coast Guard station or the community.