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Man charged following threats that closed Coggs Center

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Michael Poindexter

MILWAUKEE — 32-year-old Michael Poindexter has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly making threats via social media that led to the closure of the Marcia P. Coggs Center in downtown Milwaukee on Tuesday, November 27th.

The criminal complaint in the case indicates police spoke with a woman who informed them she had received Facebook messages from a man named “Michael Williams,” who was threatening to shoot black women at various locations around the Milwaukee area.

The threats were reportedly aimed at the area of 12th and Vliet.

The criminal complaint indicates “Michael Wiliams'” Facebook page had a listed email address using Poindexter’s name.

Police located Poindexter at the Milwaukee Public Library around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and he reportedly admitted to making the threats. However, Poindexter told police he never intended to shoot anyone. 

Poindexter told police he was upset with the woman to whom he had made the threats after she was reportedly allowing others to see his Facebook comments and others were reportedly “making fun of him.” 

Poindexter told police he used the library’s WI-FI connection to have the Facebook conversation with the woman, before heading inside to use a library computer.

The Marcia P. Coggs Center reopened on Wednesday, November 28th.