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Suspect identified in Jewish Federation incident

Steven Daniel Zalla of West Bloomfield has been identified by Bloomfield Township police as the man arrested last Thursday, November 2, outside the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit on Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Township after an interaction with a FedEx driver in the parking lot.

Since the arrest, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office has issued a one-court warrant for felonious assault. Zalla was arraigned on Monday, November 6, at 48th District Court, where he was given a $100,000 cash bond and ordered to wear a tether if he were to post bond.

Last week, Zalla was arrested and taken into custody without incident after multiple calls to 911 when those inside the building saw what they believed was a gun in his waistband. After the arrest, Bloomfield Township police determined it was a pellet gun which very much looked like a revolver. 

At a news conference held last week with Bloomfield Township Police Chief James Gallagher, along with Oakland County UnderSheriff Curtis Childs, Franklin Police Chief Dan Roberts, and Jewish Federation CEO Steve Ingber, it was assured that this was a mental health crisis and not an act of antisemitism.

Zalla came into the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit building Thursday afternoon and was asked for identification. He said he did not have it with him, and asked if he could get it from his car. After returning to his vehicle, a FedEx driver who had pulled into the parking lot was about to deliver a package when Zalla pulled his gun and pointed it at him. The delivery driver drove away as Zalla tried to run after the truck with the gun in his hand before returning to the delivery door of the building, which was locked, shaking the doors. People inside saw the firearm and called 911 as did the FedEx driver.


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