Man pleads guilty to threat of shooting at GM plant

Joseph R. Guzman, Jr. (Photo courtesy: Allen County Sheriff's Department)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man has pleaded guilty to intimidation for threats he made about shooting up the Fort Wayne Assembly General Motors plant.

Joseph R. Guzman, Jr. made the threats to an insurance telemarketer after being fired from a subcontracting job in 2012. Guzman told the telemarketer that he was going to walk into the plant and start shooting.

According to an affidavit for probable cause, on March 3, a manager with Insurance Protection Specialists called police and said his employee spoke to someone on the phone who made shooting threats.

The telemarketer apparently called Guzman about life insurance. Guzman asked if the insurance policy covered suicide. The saleswoman explained that the policy did not cover suicide and that most life insurance policies don’t.

Guzman then told her that on Tuesday, March 4 he was going to walk into the GM plant and start shooting. He said “he would take some people with him, so he didn’t need that insurance.” He then hung up the phone.

When questioned about the incident, Guzman told an officer he was going to end it all. He also denied making threats about shooting himself or anyone in the GM plant. Police said Guzman’s conversation with the insurance saleswoman was recorded.

Police said Guzman was fired from his job as a subcontractor for Caravan Knights, which provides cleaning services for the GM plant, in April of 2012.

Guzman told police that he was very upset about being fired and blames the United Auto Workers for all of his problems.

Guzman will be sentenced on August 29.

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