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Man allegedly set up booby trap to harm Michigan State Police troopers

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Posted at 11:52 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 11:52:17-05

HOUGHTON LAKE, Mich. — A Michigan man has been arrested for allegedly setting up booby traps to harm Michigan State Police troopers.

MSP's Houghton Lake Post was contacted on Jan. 19 to investigate a fraud complaint in Ogemaw County. The victim said her credit card was used to purchase more than $1,500 worth of items from Walmart in West Branch.

The suspect, identified as 67-year-old Roger Allan Broadstone, refused to come out of his residence to speak to troopers. Police say he spoke with them through an open window and said they would need a search warrant to come inside and speak with him.

Troopers obtained a search warrant and made entry. Police say Broadstone had barricaded himself inside the house. After entry, troopers had found that Broadstone allegedly set up a booby trap and made other preparations to harm troopers.

He has been arraigned on the following charges:

  • Five counts Attempted Murder
  • One count Disarming Police Officer Non-Firearm
  • One count Attempt to Disarm Police Officer Firearm
  • Four counts Assault/Resisting and Obstructing Police
  • One count Assault/Resisting and Obstructing Police Causing Injury
  • One count Placing Offensive Substance with Intent to Injure
  • One count Arson Preparation to Burn a Dwelling
  • One count Weapons – Ammunition Possession by Felon
  • One count Malicious Destruction of Police Property

His bond was set at $1,125,000.