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Police Looking for Suspect in Bomb Threat at Tallahassee National Guard Armory

Bomb Threat at Tallahassee National Guard Armory
Posted at 10:43 AM, Jul 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-21 14:11:32-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Tallahassee Police responded to a bomb threat at the National Guard Armory on Easterwood Drive and Capital Circle Tuesday morning.

According to police, at 10:15 a.m. they received a call from someone saying they were just approached by a man in the parking lot of the Dollar General at Park Avenue and Capital Circle. The male told the citizen to call the police because there was a bomb in the National Guard Armory, said police.

The armory was evacuated and several agencies came in to assist. FDLE's bomb sniffing dogs along with the Big Bend Regional Bomb Squad were called to the scene to search the area for anything suspicious.

TPD also sent patrol officers to surrounding businesses and daycare centers and directed them to remain indoors. Three area schools, Lincoln High School, Apalachee Elementary School and Adult & Community Education (ACE) were all placed under heightened security during the event, according to Leon County Schools.

Tallahassee Police said that as of 1 pm, the scene has been cleared and "nothing of significance was found."

Tallahassee Police said they are still looking for the suspect in this case. He is described as a Black Male, approximately 6'2" tall, thin build, wearing desert colored camouflage pants, black shirt with a medium length graying afro haircut.

He was last seen running behind the Dollar General Building at Park Avenue and Capital Circle. As the investigation continues, anyone with information about the suspect or this case is asked to call TPD at (850) 891-4200.

Earlier this morning a National Guard spokesperson, Lt. Justin Philips, said the Tallahassee Police Department arrested a man near the area regarding the incident. Around 12:00 p.m. they re-released a statement saying no one was arrested regarding the bomb threat.

Over the weekend, Governor Rick Scott made the announcement to relocate some National Guard recruiters to their nearest armory due to security concerns. Phillips says the Tallahassee armory was not included in those locations.