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.