Southgate man charged with threatening Metro City Church

Photo courtesy of Riverview Police Department Brian Carl Begin II

Photo courtesy of Riverview Police Department
Brian Carl Begin II

County prosecuters missed deadline for felony prosecution

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERVIEW – A man who threatened Metro City Church officials by voicemail because of its proposed “Unashamed Sexual Identity Workshop” was arraigned Thursday on a misdemeanor charge, Police Chief Clifford Rosebohm said Friday.

Brian Carl Begin II of Southgate was arraigned Feb. 15 in 27th District Court in front of Judge Liz Disanto on one misdemeanor count of misuse of telecommunication services, a six-month misdemeanor, with a fine and a penalty of up to $1,000 or both.

Begin was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bond. His court date is 9 a.m. March 1.

Rosebohm said Begin was arrested Feb. 7, the same day church officials brought the recorded message to the attention of Riverview police. Begin was identified by his caller identification.

The threatening message states that if the gay conversion therapy class is held by the church that Antifa will show up “armed and ready.”

Antifa refers to anti-fascism forces associated with the political left.

Rosebohm said a warrant request was sent to the Wayne County Prosecutors Office Feb. 7 for review. By law, after 48 hours the suspect was released pending charges. Due to the review process with Wayne County, a warrant for a felony threat was not received within 72 hours, so a misdemeanor charge was issued instead.

Elders of Metro City Church, 17760 Fort St., filed a report in response to the threatening call with Riverview police.

While church elders told Rosebohm the workshop was being canceled, a church member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, reportedly told the Metro Detroit Political Action Network, the group organizing and holding the protests, that church officials  told the congregation the workshop will be held offsite at an undisclosed location.

Protests were held Feb. 8 and 15 at the church by supporters of the LGBT community.

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)