43°Partly Cloudy

Police Investigate Suspicious Package Near Pentagon

by ARLnow.com — June 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm 2,262 17 Comments

Update at 2:25 p.m. — Charges have been filed against a North Carolina man.

Willie Amaz Braddy, 41, of Rocky Mount, N.C., was taken into state police custody and charged with reckless driving and for concealing a weapon without a valid permit. The incident remains under investigation.

Update at 6:30 a.m. — Virginia State Police have issued the following statement about last night’s incident.

At 8:30 p.m., a Virginia State Police trooper observed a vehicle backing up the southbound I-395 ramp to Route 27 in Arlington County Monday (June 12, 2011). The trooper stopped the vehicle on the ramp. During the course of the traffic stop, a handgun was discovered inside the vehicle, as well as a suspicious-looking package on the front passenger seat.

Virginia State Police bomb technicians along with the Arlington County Fire Department responded to the scene to investigate the suspicious package Shortly before midnight, it was determined that the vehicle contained no explosive or suspicious device.

The driver has been taken into state police custody and charges are pending at this time. The investigation continues. The I-395 ramp will be re-opened shortly.

Update at 11:50 p.m. — The scene has been cleared and the road is being reopened.

Earlier: Authorities are investigating a suspicious package in a vehicle on Washington Boulevard, near the Pentagon.

Police have shut down both directions of Washington Boulevard between Route 110 and the far eastern end of Columbia Pike. Initial reports suggest a pickup truck had a suspicious item inside on the front seat.

“Virginia State Police are currently investigating a suspicious package discovered inside a vehicle stopped on the ramp from I-395 south to Route 27 in Arlington County,” Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in a statement just before 11:00 p.m. “The investigation resulted from a traffic stop made by a Trooper at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday.”

At one point a traffic camera showed what appeared to be a bomb squad robot operating at the scene.

H/t to John Antonelli

 

At 8:30 p.m., a Virginia State Police trooper observed a vehicle backing up the southbound I-395 ramp to Route 27 in Arlington County Monday (June 12, 2011). The trooper stopped the vehicle on the ramp. During the course of the traffic stop, a handgun was discovered inside the vehicle, as well as a suspicous-looking package on the front passenger seat.
Virginia State Police bomb technicians along with the Arlington County Fire Department responded to the scene to investigate the suspicious package Shortly before midnight, it was determined that the vehicle contained no explosive or suspicious device.
The driver has been taken into state police custody and charges are pending at this time. The investigation continues. The I-395 ramp will be re-opened shortly.

 

 

 

  • TGEoA

    Drove on Washington blvd 20 mins ago. Open.

    • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

      Most of Washington Boulevard is still open, but not this section.

    • Aaron

      No, definitely not open near the Pentagon. Very much closed current traffic cameras show.

      NBC4 also reports that vehicle was stopped and bomb-sniffing dog alerted authorities to a package at 8:30pm. This is two hours later so kind of concerned.

  • Truthi

    Just a fellow taking his pipe bomb for a scenic tour of DC at night

  • g_clifford_prout

    John:

    ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS?

    Why yes.

    What model scanner do you use?

    • Truthi

      I have the Uniden Home Patrol 1

      I love it easy to program easy to update easy easy easy….

      http://WWW.Scannermaster.com has the best prices

    • brian

      There are online websites to do this for you

      radioreference?

      there are google apps and ipod apps too.

  • BerryBerryCold

    Unless the driver was a felon, the handgun on the front seat is 100% legal.

    • charlie

      despite what “people” say, police do not like citizens having guns. And they certainly don’t like it when they are backing up near a major federal facility on a state road that is patrolled by state police. Someone had a very long night.

    • Stu Pendus

      Where did you see that the gun was on the front seat?

      • BerryBerryCold

        I thought I did, but I also haven’t had my cup of joe yet. I’ve re-read the article and I don’t see it.

        • Matt

          And seeing the guy was locked up, either the gun wasn’t “legal” or he had something else going against him. Either way, you nor I were there so why is it we insist on jumping to conclusions based on third party information?

          • brian

            what were the charges?

        • doodly

          The package was on the seat. No word on the gun’s location.

          • BerryBerryCold

            Next time I bring an Amazon.com purchase home from work I’ll be sure to put it in the trunk.

  • TooEasy

    The package read: From Rep Weiner

  • Pingback: BREAKING NEWS — Suspicious Package in Crystal City | Malls Best

×

Subscribe to our mailing list