A Michigan man is facing up to potentially 20 years in prison after allegedly making a threat to shoot up a local Air National Guard base.
On Sunday, personnel from Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, Michigan, contacted the Michigan State Police Second District Special Investigation Section. The personnel alerted the police department of an individual who threatened to “shoot up” the base.
Detectives launched an investigation into the threat, tracing it back to 53-year-old Roque Eugene Diegel, who worked at the base until recently. By Monday, detectives located Diegel and arrested him without incident.
Detectives from the Michigan State Police Department executed a search warrant of Diegel’s home and found more than 70 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside. Upon locating such a large number of firearms and ammunition, officers seized the supply and removed it from the home.
At the time of Diegel’s arrest, it was unclear as to what the motive was for the threat. It’s also unclear what the exact wording of the threat was or how it was communicated to personnel.
Diegel was charged with one count of false report or threat of terrorism, according to Michigan court records. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. EST at 41B District Court in Clinton Township, Michigan. If convicted, the Michigan State Police said he could face up to 20 years in prison for the felony charge.
Diegel was an airman assigned to the 127th Wing, according to a release Tuesday from the Wing’s public affairs office.
He is a master sergeant who started working at the base in 2002. He currently works as an air terminal craftsman with the 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron, according to the release.