Two men were expecting to be arraigned on misdemeanor charges for carrying guns and wearing body armor into the Dearborn, MI, police station, but were instead hit with felony charges, reports clickondetroit.
James Baker, 24, and Brandon Vreeland, 40, are both charged with carrying a concealed weapon; disturbing the peace; and assaulting, resisting, or obstructing a police officer. Baker was also charged with brandishing a weapon.
“The ultimate objective is public safety for everyone; including police officers,” Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said.
Baker and Vreeland reportedly entered the Dearborn police station Feb. 5 dressed in body armor and carrying firearms, with Baker wearing a ski mask. The incident was livestreamed on Youtube.
Police said the men went to the police station after they were pulled over earlier.
Sgt. Carpenter of the Dearborn police said a high bond should be set partly because since the incident, both Baker and Vreeland have organized other individuals to carry out similar acts. He called the men “professional provocateurs.”
Bond was set at $50,000, cash or surety, for Baker, and $20,000, cash or surety, for Vreeland. Both men must turn over all their weapons if they post bond and must wear a GPS tether. Another condition of bond is that they may not have contact with one another. Both men are due back in court March 10.
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