Friday, June 17, 2011

Suspicious item in Pentagon scare "disrupted"

Law enforcement agencies work near the Pentagon after a suspicious vehicle forced multiple road closures June 17, 2011, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo)
(CBS/AP)  Updated at 9:26 a.m. ET
A suspicious item found inside a vehicle near the Pentagon has been "disrupted" and "rendered safe," a law enforcement official has told CBS News.
The U.S. Park Police have in custody a man believed to be connected to the item, according to Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser.
The man was detained after the Park Police came across him overnight in Arlington National Cemetery, when it is closed, triggering an investigation. The Park Police then launched a search for the man's vehicle, which was found near the Pentagon, Schlosser said.

"This is an unfolding situation," Schlosser said, adding that the proximity of the car to the Pentagon made the situation more suspicious.

Pentagon police spokesman Chris Layman said the car was in bushes near the Pentagon's north parking lot. One or two other people may have been involved, Layman said.
Previously, the man in custody was reported to have been suspected of planting suspicious devices just outside Washington, D.C., in the area of Arlington, Va., at the national cemetery, the Pentagon and the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial.
Schlosser did not confirm that report; however he said the Arlington County Fire Department's bomb disposal unit was called in to examine the vehicle.

CBS News reports that the Marine Corps Memorial is open to the public. Arlington National Cemetary remains closed with cars backed up at the entrance.

Schlosser briefed reporters Friday morning on the overnight events. James McJunkin, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington field office, attended the press conference but didn't comment on the night's events.
Matthew Chandler, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, told CBS News that federal agencies were involved with the investigation.
"DHS is monitoring a suspicious vehicle incident causing road closures around the Pentagon,"

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