18-year-old accused in Virginia Beach prom threat faces judge

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A young man accused of plotting an attack at a high school prom in Virginia Beach faced a judge this afternoon.

18-year-old Michael Coleman was arraigned on conspiracy to commit a terrorist act.  He’s also facing charges for carrying and concealing weapons. 

Coleman appeared before a judge via video conference.  The judge told him about his charges and then appointed him an attorney.

It will be up to the attorney to decide if they ask for a bond hearing.

Virginia Beach police say they caught Coleman and a 17-year-old at the Westin Hotel at Town Center — they believe the two were plotting a terrorist act at Bayside High School’s prom.  Officers say Coleman made several threats against specific people at Bayside.

Police had a security plan in place and were on the lookout for Coleman.  Officers stopped him outside of the hotel are arrested him after they say he tried to run. 

Coleman is also facing charges in Norfolk connected to a shooting on Azalea Garden Road.  Police say that incident happened one day before the alleged incident in Virginia Beach. 

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