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Man detained after ‘suspicious item’ found in Volunteer Park

Police were questioning this man on a Volunteer Park bench this morning about a suspicious item said to be a backpack full of wires was found inside the north Capitol Hill park. According to police radio, the man has a felony warrant for leaving community custody but we have not yet confirmed that element. The park is in the process of being shut down as police search the area. 15th Ave E near the park is also reportedly to be shut in both directions.

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OhNo
OhNo
10 years ago

How sad, kids!? Are there any old ladies? How about handicaps?
What, (oh boy, I can’t even imagine) if there are handicapped children in there?
I don’t know if I can candle this.

Mary-Alice
Mary-Alice
10 years ago

There’s been a helicopter above the park for the past 10 minutes or so. A family coming out of the Park said that they’d seen someone being arrested in front of the museum, but the police told them to leave because they were looking for a second person.

W
W
10 years ago

Still hearing the occasional bang from the park, and still messing around with the bus.

Judy Youmans
Judy Youmans
10 years ago

And Seattle doesnt need park rangers ?

etaoin shrdlu
etaoin shrdlu
10 years ago

Terrifying. You never know how many ants might have been offed by that RC jeep.

Harper
Harper
10 years ago

First, many thanks to SPD and the bomb squad for taking care of this.

However, I’m concerned that while care was correctly exercised in detaining the school kids inside the Asian Art Museum, absolutely no information or caution was given to the residences on the east side of 15th — which were in far more danger, being immensely closer. Had this been an actual explosives situation, these houses and apartments would have been in the front lines of the blast; residents in the immediate area should have been warned to stay away from the windows at the very least.

I live in one of these residences, and when I asked a Seattle Police officer what was happening I was told “We don’t know.” Which may well have been true, but if there is enough concern to block off the street to traffic, there should have also been enough concern to caution the human beings closest to the potential bomb.