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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 02/27/13
Teen's bond reduced in
false terrorism case
by CHRIS GRAYBond conditions for a Riley teen charged with false terrorism have been reduced.
Observer Staff Writer
Alex Rosario, 18, an Armada High School student, had his bond lessened following an arraignment pre-trial at the Macomb County Circuit Court on Feb. 19. He will return to the circuit court for pre-trial on March 13.
Rosario is facing a charge of false report or threat of terrorism. The charge stems from an arrest made on Jan. 25 for comments he posted on his Twitter account that indicated he wanted to shoot employees and customers at the Subway in Armada.
The charge carries up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of no more than $20,000.
Bond was originally set at $500,000, but Circuit Court Judge Richard Caretti granted the defense's request to reduce the bond to $100,000 with the condition that Rosario be hooked up to a GPS tether prior to a release from jail.
In addition, Rosario was told to not have contact with any individuals involved with the case and to not contact the Subway restaurant.
Rosario's attorneys said they are working with the the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office to see if the prosecution is offering anything in terms of a reduction prior to trial.
In a written statement, the Armada Police said Rosario told officers "can't you take a joke" when the arrest was made. A Michigan State Police report indicated Rosario had "no possible means to carry out this threat at the present time" and was remorseful, but admitted to being angry.
State law says an individual is guilty of making a terrorist threat if they threaten to commit an act of terrorism and communicates the threat to anyone else. A defendant is unable to avoid prosecution regardless of whether the defendant had the intent or capability to commit the act of terrorism.