Family: Man charged for online threats a former Marine

Posted at 12:36 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 22:42:59-04

REED CITY, Mich. — A man has been arrested after allegedly posting videos online making threats towards Ferris State University, area hospitals, a veterans’ affairs office and military police.

Arnold Holmes was arraigned Monday afternoon on charges of posting terroristic threats, using a computer to commit a felony and illegal use of a telecommunication device.

Authorities began investigating after becoming aware of the videos at 3 a.m. Sunday, and quickly identified Holmes as the suspect. He was found and arrested Sunday evening at his Reed City home.

Holmes is being held on a $1 million bond. Documents show Holmes has a criminal history that includes convictions for assault, weapons and malicious use of computers.

Family members said he was a Marine who served two tours in Iraq, and has struggled with his mental health since returning home in 2012.

“He’s crying out for help, he needs it and I hope maybe through this somehow he can get it,” said Kalei Risner, Holmes’ girlfriend. “Because there is a crisis in this country with mental illness and there’s a crisis for veterans not receiving help. Twenty-two veterans a day commit suicide and he’s almost one of them.”

His grandmother says society doesn't take care of veterans like it should.

"Because he's got all his legs and all his arms and everything, that does not mean he's not hurt," Sharon Holmes said. "They go in there, they want to help, they want to stick up for their country, they want to do this right and then they come back and we as a society do not take care of them, do not stick up for the like we should."

Authorities say there was never a physical threat to the people and organizations listed in the videos because of how quickly he was taken into custody.

Arnold Holmes is due back in court later this month. He faces up to 20 years in prison.