Friday, June 9, 2017

Bomb Squad Responded to Suspicious Device at NE Portland Transit Center (Photo)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: June 9th, 2017 5:25 PM
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This afternoon, Friday June 9, 2017, at 12:20 p.m., North Precinct and Transit Division officers responded to the Hollywood Transit Center, located at 4110 Northeast Halsey Street, on the report of a suspicious device on the TriMet Green Line train.

Officers responded and briefly examined the suspicious item, a backpack with materials indicative of a device protruding from the backpack. Based on the responding officers' observations, the Metropolitan Explosive Device Unit (MEDU) was called to the scene.

In order to ensure the safety of the public, the TriMet Green Line train on which the suspicious device was located, the Hollywood Transit Center and nearby businesses were evacuated. Westbound Interstate 84 was closed from Interstate 205 to the Northeast Sandy Boulevard onramp. Northeast Halsey Street between Northeast Caesar E Chavez Boulevard and Northeast 43rd Avenue was also closed.

Bomb Technicians assigned to MEDU investigated the device and determined the item did not pose a danger to the community. Investigators collected evidence from the scene and are currently investigating. Preliminary information suggests a person purposely left the backpack on the train to cause alarm.
All roadways and TriMet service in the area of the Hollywood Transit Center returned to normal operations at approximately 3:45 p.m.

Persons using TriMet will continue to see an increased police presence on trains and buses. People who observe suspicious persons or activity are encouraged to contact police or a TriMet employee. Additionally, persons are encouraged to maintain control of their bags while on TriMet and in the community so people do not become concerned and call police.

Any persons who have information regarding this investigation should contact Portland Fire and Rescue Investigator Jason Anderson at 503-823-INFO (503-823-4636).

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