TWINING – A Twining man has been arraigned in 81st District Court in Arenac County for numerous offenses, including five counts of attempted murder.
The Michigan State Police (MSP) Houghton Lake Post was contacted on Jan. 19, to investigate a fraud complaint in Ogemaw County. The victim was from Merritt and stated that her credit card was used to purchase more than $1,500 worth of items from the Walmart store in West Branch.
According to the MSP, the suspect was identified as Roger Allan Broadstone, 67, Twining.
Troopers say they went to his residence to interview him on Jan. 20, but Broadstone refused to come out and talk with police. He spoke with them through an open widow and said they would need a search warrant to come inside and speak with him. Troopers obtained a search warrant and made entry.
The MSP states that Broadstone had barricaded himself inside the house. He resisted troopers and, after entry, they found that Broadstone set up a booby trap and made other preparations to harm troopers.
Broadstone was arraigned in court on Feb. 1 for five counts of attempted murder; one count of disarming a police officer, non-firearm; one count of attempt to disarm a police officer, firearm; four counts of assault/resisting and obstructing police; one count of assault/resisting and obstructing police causing injury; one count of placing an offensive substance with intent to injure; one count of arson preparation to burn a dwelling; one count of weapons-ammunition possession by felon; and one count of malicious destruction of police property.
Troopers were assisted by the Arenac County Sheriff’s Office, and Broadstone’s bond was set at $1,125,000.
As for the initial fraud complaint investigation, the MSP says they worked with Walmart’s Loss Prevention and were able to identify a suspect.
Surveillance footage showed Broadstone picking up the order at the store. The purchase was made online using the victim’s credit card, and Broadstone was listed as a secondary person to pick up the order.
Upon obtaining a search warrant – after they report that Broadstone refused to come out and speak with troopers – authorities state that several items from the fraudulent purchase were recovered.
A report was sent to the Ogemaw County Prosecutor’s Office and Broadstone was later arrested by Arenac County deputies. Arrangements were made to lodge him in the Ogemaw County Jail.
Broadstone was arraigned in the 82nd District Court in Ogemaw County on Jan. 25, for one count of illegal use of a financial transaction device and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. His bond was set at $30,000, 10 percent cash surety.
His next scheduled court appearance is on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 9:30 a.m.