Armed Threat on MSU Campus Wednesday, Suspect Arrested
Photos: Casandra Eriksen
Wednesday, at approximately 6:00 p.m. I was eating dinner at Noodles and Co. when I saw five to ten police cars surround a vehicle with three people inside. Police officers knelt on the ground and pointed their guns at the car.
Thursday morning I called Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth, spokesman for the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD), to get more information on what happened on MSU’s campus.
Wriggelsworth said “It wasn’t a standoff, it was just a traffic stop. Apparently there was some sort of threat made on campus, possibly involving a hand gun.” He explained that the police pulled out their weapons because of the potential for a hand gun inside the vehicle.
Wriggelsworth noted since the case started on campus, he didn’t have concrete answers on what the threat was, or what the suspect said. He said, “I believe they did find a hand gun inside the vehicle,” adding that the case was turned over to MSU campus police, and the ELPD’s role in the case was over. He said “We stopped the car, identified the people, believed we found a weapon, and campus is doing all the follow up.”
Wriggelsworth said there would probably be no public answers until later in the day.
At 5:57 p.m. Thursday, I was on the phone with Florene McGlothian-Taylor, the public information officer for the MSUPD.
McGlothian-Taylor said, “MSU Police arrested a man August 24 at Abbot Road and West Grand River Avenue for threatening a student while holding a firearm. The incident occurred near North Case Hall at about 6:00 p.m.”
The suspect is Torey Antoine Childress, a black man, 20, from East Lansing, Michigan. He was arraigned on firearm and felony assault charges. He has no MSU affiliation. He will be arraigned at 54B District Court before Judge Richard Ball.
Childress was charged with a felony warrant for carrying a concealed weapon (a 5-year felony) and assault with a dangerous weapon (a 4-year felony). He was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.