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Official charges filed in Tipp. Co courthouse bomb threat

The man accused of a false bomb threat at the Tippecanoe County courthouse is now formally charged.

Posted: Apr 29, 2019 5:53 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2019 4:45 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The man accused of a false bomb threat at the Tippecanoe County courthouse is now formally charged. Michael Battering, 47, faces the following charges:

Intimidation (Level 5 Felony)

False Reporting (Level 6 Felony)

Theft (Level 6 Felony)

Fraud (Level 6 Felony)

Theft (Class A Misdemeanor)

Prosecutors say the theft charges are because he bought the phone he used to make the threat with a stolen credit card.
According to court documents, Battering told investigators he wanted to delay a court hearing for a child custody issue in Tippecanoe Superior Court 3.

WLFI was at the scene on April 11th, as police dogs patrolled the courthouse following the threat. Everyone was evacuated around 8:30 a.m., following a call that detailed the locations of supposed bombs in the courthouse.

The building was swept and no devices were found.

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