No suspicious device found at federal building; man in custody undergoing psych evaluation – Democrat & ChronicleCMS
One man is in custody after a vehicle was parked outside of the Federal Building with a suspicious package inside, according to Deputy Rochester Police Chief Mark Mura . Democrat and Chronicle
No suspicious or dangerous device has been found in or near the federal building in downtown Rochester Thursday afternoon, police said.
The perimeter around the Kenneth B. Keating Federal Building has been “cleared,” Investigator Frank Camp said.
“The individual who was detained and directly connected to this report has been taken to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation,” Camp continued.
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Emergency responders initially closed and evacuated the federal building and shut down traffic in the area.
Deputy Rochester Police Chief Mark Mura said police were called to the Kenneth B. Keating Federal Building, 100 State St., around 1 p.m. after it was reported that a suspicious person was “acting erratically” in the building. That man was quickly taken into custody “for investigative purposes,” Mura said.
That led to a search of the man’s van, parked in front of the federal building, where officers found a potentially suspicious package inside, Mura said.
Mura declined to reveal who called in the initial incident and why the man might’ve been “acting erratically.”
Bomb squads from the Rochester Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene to inspect the package. Meanwhile, officers closed several roads in the area, including State Street (between Main Street and the Inner Loop) and parts of Fitzhugh and Church streets, among others.
A portion of City Hall was also evacuated during the incident. Employees in the “A” building at 30 Church St. were evacuated and sheltered in place in the adjacent “B” building on Fitzhugh Street, city spokesman Justin Roj said. Employees did this as a precautionary measure, Roj added, until “receiving the ‘all clear’ from law enforcement.”
“We wish to extend our thanks to all of our partner agencies, federal, state, and local, who assisted in resolving this report of a suspicious condition in a safe and timely manner,” Camp said.
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