Macomb father arrested in witness intimidation case involving son

Joseph Keith, 55, of St. Clair Shores. Photo via Oakland County Jail.

State police arrested a St. Clair Shores man after he left threatening messages on a trooper's private online account.

Michigan State Police became aware of a potential witness intimidation case Tuesday after detectives were notified about a member of the MSP Computer Crimes Unit. The individual is related to another suspect in a separate investigation.

Joseph Michael Keith, 55, was arraigned in Oakland County District court on a single count of malicious use of a telecommunications services.

According to state police, Keith left messages on a private LinkedIn account. After police identified the individual, they interviewed him before taking him into custody.

Charges were authorized on April 25 and Keith appeared in the 52-3 District Court in Rochester.

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"We take threats made on the internet very seriously," said First Lt. Mike Shaw. "Make sure you think before you type, and especially before you hit send."

Keith was given a $2,500 bond with no contact with the detective.