(10-10-19) On Thursday October 10th at approximately 7:07 am a call was received at the YMCA on Hollywood Road in Royalton Township from a male subject claiming that he placed a bomb in the building. The caller did not give any additional information as to where the bomb was placed or when it may explode. Police and Fire responded to the scene and the YMCA was evacuated.
A bomb detection canine from Spectrum Lakeland Hospital was used to assist first responders in the search for a bomb. No suspicious package or device was located and the building was clear to start opening back up for business.
Deputies and Detectives from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office were able to identify investigatory leads and where able to identify a suspect, Mario Adonis Cummings (48) Benton Harbor Michigan, who ended up confessing to making the false bomb threat telephone call. Cummings was employed by the YMCA at the time the call was made.
Cummings is being charged with making terrorist threat or a false report of terrorism which is a Felony.
Cummings is lodged at the Berrien County Jail pending arraignment on the above charge.