Suspicious Device Neutralized After 10-Block Area of Pasadena Evacuated

Breaking: A suspect is in custody. More soon

Published : Monday, October 29, 2018 | 6:32 PM

BREAKING NEWS [7:32 a.m.] A Pasadena Police Dept. spokesman said a suspect in the incident is in custody. He is 34-year-old Glendale man. More soon

 

Three hours after a suspicious device which appeared to be a functioning bomb was found outside a U-Haul truck in West Pasadena Monday evening, Sheriff’s Bomb Squad officers disabled the package and determined it was not an explosive.

Pasadena Police Chief John Perez said that about 5:40 p.m. Monday police received a report of a suspicious package attached to the back of a truck in a U-Haul facility parking lot at 552 South Raymond Avenue.

Responding officers determined the appearance of the package indicated it might be an actual explosive device. Perez said the device was six to eight inches in length and had wiring secured by tape.

A 10-block area was placed under a voluntary evacuation order during the incident.

A City spokesperson said police began voluntary evacuations in a half-mile radius around the intersection of Raymond Avenue and California Boulevard, which included the KPCC public radio building, a homeless shelter, children’s school, two markets, and many other businesses.

A number of streets were also shut down, including South Raymond Avenue and South Arroyo Parkway between Del Mar Blvd. and California Blvd.

A Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department bomb squad equipped with a robot was called to the scene.

The robot appeared to lift the device from the back bumper of a parked U-Haul truck and place it on the ground near a base of a light standard. Two bomb squad officers then place blast-absorbing sandbag-type objects around the device.

At about 9 p.m., the robot fired a projectile at the suspected device. There was no secondary explosion, which indicated the device was not a functioning bomb.

A sweep of the area for any other devices was conducted and no other suspicious devices were located.

At this time, detectives from the Pasadena Police Department and Pasadena Fire Department are investigating the incident.

During the incident, officers from the Burbank and Glendale Police Departments also assisted the Pasadena Police and Fire departments.

Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on scene and will likely assist in the investigation.

“We do have investigative information we’re following up on,” Perez said Monday night.

Addressing the perpetrator during a press conference following the incident, Perez said “we’ll catch you.”

“This public scare is not something that we tolerate, and public safety and law enforcement in fact will catch you and you will pay the price for doing this.”

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