Coast Guard attack suspect charged with arson

Matthew Krueger is accused of setting a fire in Mears.

HART, Mich. (WOOD) — The man accused of calling in a bomb threat to the U.S. Coast Guard in Grand Haven, then ramming the gate there and assaulting someone has been formally charged with setting a separate fire in Oceana County.

Matthew Krueger, who is being held in Ottawa County on charges related to the Coast Guard station attack, was arraigned in Oceana County on Monday afternoon by video.

Krueger now faces four counts of arson for allegedly setting a fire around 4 a.m. Sunday at the hobby barn his parent own in unincorporated Mears in Golden Township, southwest of Hart. Among those charges is one of first-degree arson, which carries a sentence of up to life in prison.

During a probable cause conference held on Feb. 17 in Oceana County, the defense attorney indicated he would request a competency hearing for Krueger, according to Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

Krueger already faces a felony charge of false report or threat of terrorism and a felony charge of malicious destruction of property in Ottawa County for the attack on the Coast Guard facility. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

Police say he called 911 around 6 a.m. Sunday and said he planned to blow up the Coast Guard station in Grand Haven, then crashed through the gate there using his pickup truck and assaulted a Coast Guardsman, who sustained minor injuries.

Wednesday, an Oceana County judge set Kruger’s bond at $100,000. He is already being held on a 75,000 bond in Ottawa County.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Feb. 18 in Ottawa County.

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