UPDATE: Copper City standoff suspect arraigned

UPDATE — 1:45 p.m. April 23, 2015 (EDT)

The identity of the suspect involved in a standoff with police in Copper City last night is now known.

64-year-old Jerome Michael Flum was arraigned in Houghton County District Court Thursday afternoon. Flum is charged with two felony counts of threats of terrorism which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. He is also charged with three counts of assaulting a utility company employee and two counts of malicious use of a telephone, which are all misdemeanors.

Bond was set at $500,000 cash, but Flum will be back in District Court tomorrow to revisit the bond.

COPPER CITY — An overnight standoff ended in the arrest of a Copper City man Thursday morning.

Michigan State Police troopers from the Calumet Post say they came to the residence on Gratiot Street around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday to serve the suspect with a warrant in relation to an incident in which the suspect had allegedly threatened a public works employee who visited the home that morning. The man indicated that he would not come out of the residence. The Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team was called in at 9:00 p.m. while the suspect was still barricaded in the home making threatening statements toward law enforcement.

The man surrendered and was taken into custody at 6:20 a.m. His name is not being released until after he is arraigned on criminal charges. The warrant police were serving was for one count of threatening acts of terrorism, three counts of assault against a public works employee, and two counts of malicious use of a telephone.

Michigan State Police were assisted at the scene by the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department, Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Department, Mercy Ambulance, and the American Red Cross.