Teen comes forward in Broner threat case
When the Frankenmuth Police Department delved into an investigation regarding a suspicious note found at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, they felt confident they would locate the perpetrator.
The case, which began at 3:45pm Sunday, June 22, took that positive turn on Friday, July 11.
Last week, a mid-Michigan attorney contacted the FPD office, stating he wished to surrender the subject or person of interest who was seen on the store’s surveillance video. On Friday, the attorney, the suspect and one of his parents met with FPD investigators, Frankenmuth Police Chief Don Mawer said.
The suspect is only being identified as a 15-year-old male from the mid-Michigan area. At this point, Mawer said the subject matches the description in the surveillance photos and has provided investigators with information which has not been released to the media relevant to the investigation.
Mawer said wide-spread media coverage and social media posts prompted the subject’s family to turn him into authorities. At this point, the subject and family members are cooperating with investigators to bring closure to this case.
“It is not believed family members were aware the subject had participated in this incident until notified of the photos released on social media many days following the release. Once family members were notified, they took prompt action to produce this subject to authorities,” Mawer said.
As of press time, investigators are working with the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office on how to proceed. The Michigan State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assisted the FPD.
On June 22, a very specific, threatening note was found inside Bronner’s, 25 Christmas Lane. The store was closed for the rest of the day and a Michigan State Police K-9 bomb squad dog searched the store but did not find anything suspicious.