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Man arrested in Brighton after threatening judge and lawyer

A man was arrested in Brighton Friday after authorities say he posted threats on social media that he planned to kill his court-appointed attorney and a Novi judge.

31-year-old Jordan Worrall was taken into custody at about 11 a.m. Friday after police say he fought with detectives from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team who had tracked him to Livingston County.

One detective was treated for broken facial bones.

Police had been tracking Worrall for two days after he failed to appear in court Wednesday on a fleeing and eluding charge out of Novi. A press release stated that deputies learned from the mother of Worrall’s daughter that he had, “posted threatening remarks towards the government, an attorney in a Bloomfield Hills law firm that represented him, and 52-1 District Judge Travis Reeds, including a threat to kill them.”

A judge then set a $1 million bond for Worrall after which he was seen driving through the courthouse parking lot on Grand River in Novi.

“He was pursued by Novi police through Wixom and Commerce Township before the pursuit ended in Milford,” said officials.

On Thursday, detectives tracked Worrall to Adrian in Lenawee County, but he managed to flee from city police as well as deputies from Lenawee and Monroe counties, before being spotted again near the Michigan-Ohio border. However, he again eluded Toledo Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

On Friday, deputies learned that Worrall was seen walking in a mobile home park in Lyon Township, but drove off before deputies arrived. But several hours later, he was finally arrested in Brighton.

Worrall is jailed in Oakland County on a $1 million bond and charged with aggravated felonious assault on a police officer and fleeing and eluding police as well as making a false report or threat of terrorism and using a computer to commit a crime.

“This clearly unhinged and violent individual is thankfully in custody due to the dedicated work of a variety of agencies, especially our Fugitive Apprehension Team,” said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. “I look forward to him being held fully accountable for his actions.”

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