DEARBORN — Two men who entered the Dearborn Police Station armed with firearms and dressed in tactical vests and masks earlier this month were hit with felony charges Feb. 24.
Police first arrested Brandon Vreeland, 40, of Jackson and James Craig Baker, 24, of Leonard on Feb. 5 after the pair recorded themselves walking into the station carrying visible weapons and hiding their faces with masks.
At their arraignment before Judge Gene Hunt in 19th District Court, both Vreeland and Baker were charged with carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace. Baker was also charged with brandishing a weapon.
“The ultimate objective is public safety for everyone, including police officers,” Chief Ron Haddad said in a press release.
Sergeant Carpenter of the Dearborn Police said that since the incident, the defendants have organized for others to carry out similar acts and called the men “professional provocateurs.”
Carpenter added that authorities have been investigating about 7,000 text messages between Vreeland and Baker about their “protests” and taking advantage of “Trumpophobia” by wearing full Muslim robes and carrying AK-47s at demonstrations.
“There’s discussion of having a death wish, making funeral arrangements and embracing the idea of being known as the public enemy,” Carpenter said.
Vreeland’s bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety, while Baker’s was set at $50,000 cash or surety. They are required to wear GPS tethers if they post bond. Police said they are to return to court on March 10 and March 17.