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Ty Garbin biography: 13 things about Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping conspirator from Michigan

Ty Garbin (©Kent County Jail)

Ty Garbin (©Kent County Jail)

Ty Gerard Wicker Garbin is a white man from Michigan, United States. He was involved in the thwarted plot to kidnap 49th Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer while the U.S. is battling against the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Garbin and more than 10 other men spent months to plot the kidnapping. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born in 1995.
  2. He also goes by the name Ty Gerard Wicker.
  3. He grew up in Wyandotte, Michigan.
  4. In 2019, he moved from Wyandotte to a mobile home at 1662 Lansing Ave. in Hartland Meadows manufactured housing community in Hartland Township, Livingston County, Michigan, which he shared with an older man and woman. He was quiet, his Hartland Township neighbor Gary Hovsepian told The Detroit News.
  5. Aside from Wyandotte and Hartland Township, he lived in various parts of Michigan including Van Buren Township and Belleville.
  6. He is an avid fisherman.
  7. He has a mechanic’s certificate for airframe and powerplant. He previously worked for SkyWest Airlines.
  8. On June 10, 2020, he met with his fellow kidnapping conspirators in the basement of the Vac Shack, a vacuum repair shop on Division Avenue in Wyoming, Kent County, Michigan. It was the temporary residence of Adam Fox, one of the leaders of the group. During the meeting, they planned to assault the Michigan State Capitol, counter law enforcement first responders and use Molotov cocktails to destroy police vehicles. They scheduled to meet again and conduct firearms and tactical training in the first week of July 2020.
  9. On July 18, 2020, he met his fellow kidnapping conspirators in Ohio, USA to discuss attacking a Michigan State Police facility. He suggested shooting up Whitmer’s vacation home in the Western District of Michigan. He told the group that he e did not want to go after the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan.
  10. On August 9, 2020, he and his co-conspirators participated in a tactical training in Munith, Michigan.
  11. On August 23, 2020, he met seven co-conspirators in Lake Orion, Michigan. All attendees were required to bring personal documents to confirm their identities. The group talked about concerns about being infiltrated by law enforcement.
  12. On October 8, 2020, he was charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping in federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During the court session, he asked for a court-appointed attorney, citing his financial status. He is being held without bond pending a bond hearing and a preliminary examination on October 13, 2020.
  13. He is represented by Paul Mitchell, an attorney based in Grand Rapids.

(This is a developing story. More details will be added soon.)

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