WARSAW — A Columbia City man was recently arrested after police responded to someone threatening to shoot people at a local McDonald’s. Police later discovered the man making the threats was also in possession of precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Michael Thomas Platter, 27, 6730 N 350W, Columbia City, is being charged with possession of two or more chemical reagents or precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of a syringe, and intimidation, all level 6 felonies.
On March 15, officers with the Warsaw Police Department were dispatched to a local McDonald’s in reference to a male subject threatening to shoot people. The officers located the subject and identified him as Platter.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Platter told the officers that he was denied use of the phone at McDonald’s, which caused a verbal altercation. Two witnesses told the officers that Platter threatened to retrieve a gun when he was not allowed to use the phone.
Officers placed Platter into handcuffs and transported him to the police department for an interview. During the interview, Platter identified which vehicle belonged to him to have it towed. Officers located pliers, battery shavers, Coleman fuel and pseudoephedrine inside the vehicle along with multiple syringes. These items were identified by the officers as precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Platter was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on March 15 with a $5,250 surety and cash bond. He is scheduled to appear for his initial hearing on April 18.