Police: Man charged in LCC threat had AR-15, a dozen loaded magazines when arrested

LANSING, MICH. - A 19-year-old Delta Township man arraigned on a terrorism charge Thursday was in possession of an AR-15 rifle, 12 loaded magazines, another rifle and a can full of loose ammunition at the time of his arrest, court records show.

Lansing Community College Police Sgt. Rodney Bahl testified during a hearing Thursday that Damian Douglas Walker was arrested at 3 p.m. Wednesday, a little more than a half-hour after his reported threats resulted in the closure and evacuation of three LCC campuses. 

Dressed in a hoodie and jeans, Walker was arraigned via video conference Thursday in front of 54A District Court Magistrate Laura Millmore. 

He is charged with one count of a false report or threat of terrorism, a 20-year felony. The LCC student was arrested at his Delta Township apartment.

In a hearing held to authorize the charge against Walker, Bahl testified police were contacted shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday by DeWitt police, who had received information about a possible threat to an LCC campus. 

Bahl testified one of Walker's friends told police Walker told him via text Wednesday not to go to the LCC campus. 

"And that if he was gonna go to L.C.C. to wear red pants and red shirt so he can spot him," Bahl testified, according to court transcripts. "And then he told him to watch; once again not to go to L.C.C. and start watching the news channel about 3:00 p.m. to see what he's about to do."

Walker then sent his friend a video of him loading AR-15 magazines "with thousands of rounds of ammunition on the floor," Bahl testified. 

When police made contact with Walker at his apartment, they found the AR-15, another rifle, magazines and ammunition, Bahl testified.

Walker was arrested and taken to the Lansing Police Department. 

Bahl said police received a second report from another of Walker's friends later in the day. The woman relayed similar information and said she received photos of Walker's ammunition via Snapchat. 

LCC sent an alert evacuating its campuses in Lansing, Delta Township and East Lansing about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday. The campuses remained closed until Thursday morning.

Millmore set Walker's bond at $100,000 cash. His next court hearing is set for Dec. 8 before Judge Frank DeLuca. Walker requested a court-appointed attorney.

During his arraignment, Walker said he worked for Mobile Medical Response, a medical transportation service based out of Saginaw. 

A call to MMR for comment was not immediately returned. 

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