Former Big Rapids Walmart employee arrested for posting threats online


BIG RAPIDS — A Rodney man is charged with making a threat to the Big Rapids Walmart.

Nathan Daniel Berwanger, 25, is charged with one count of false report or threat of terrorism.

The incident allegedly occurred on Feb. 7, according to court documents. Berwanger was arrested by the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office.

Berwanger was an ex-employee of Walmart, according to Mecosta County Sheriff Todd Purcell.

“The suspect allegedly made violent threats on Facebook toward Walmart,” Purcell said.

False report or threat of terrorism is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison or fines of up to $20,000.

Bond for Berwanger is set at $75,000. He has a preliminary examination scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court.


Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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