September 21, 2021

Statement of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Waters on the Arrest of Subject in Explosive Devices Investigation

Last night, the FBI’s Detroit Division and Michigan State Police arrested an individual on charges related to the placement of explosive devices outside cellphone stores in Northern Michigan. Until that individual appears before a judge, no additional identifying information can be released.

Since these devices were found on Thursday afternoon, September 16, 2021, special agents, intelligence analysts, troopers, deputies, and officers from the FBI, Michigan State Police, Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, Cheboygan Police Department, Sault Ste. Marie Police Department, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Police, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Border Patrol, and ATF have been working around the clock to identify and apprehend this subject.

An investigation this fast-moving cannot be successful without good partnerships. The tireless efforts and seamless coordination amongst all the investigative agencies were critical to quickly identifying and arresting the subject, disrupting the threat this individual posed to the public.

I am asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit tips to