WEB UPDATE: MPD responds to suspicious package in Marvin Center

Posted Monday, April 9, 6:50 p.m.

The Marvin Center’s fifth floor was evacuated for about an hour Monday afternoon when the Metropolitan Police Department’s bomb squad responded to a suspicious package.

At about 4:45 p.m., MPD arrived at the building and arrested a man about an hour later for unlawful entry, said Matt Lindsay, assistant director of Media Relations. A man was barred from campus Monday and University Police Department officers saw him on campus again later in the day, Lindsay said.

“At some point that person said they left boxes in the Marvin Center,” Lindsay said. “When investigated, they were found to be suspicious.”

Lindsay said after UPD and MPD responded to the fifth floor where the man said he left his belongings, the two departments decided to call the bomb squad.

“There was some concern over what the packages looked like and how they were arranged,” Lindsay said, adding that upon arriving at the scene, members of the MPD bomb squad x-rayed the packages.

MPD Officer David Hunter said he was part of the team that made the call to the bomb squad.

“The call (to the bomb squad) is made for any suspicious package,” Hunter said.

At about 5:35 p.m., Hunter carried at least four packages out of the Marvin Center and about five minutes later, he was seen escorting a man wearing a broken pair of sunglasses and a leather vest with the words “U.S. Air Force” on the back in handcuffs into an MPD vehicle.

The Marvin Center reopened shortly after.

-Andrew Ramonas contributed to this report.

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