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LBPD Arrests/Books 60 Yr Old Man For Alleged Hoax Device, Triggered SWAT & LASD Bomb Squad Response That Closed Part Of 7th St. (July 21) For Hours, LBPD Acknowledges No Explosive Material In His Residence (1700 block 7th St.)


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(July 22, 2012) -- This follows-up on an advisory LBReport.com readers saw on our front page yesterday (Sat. July 21) indicating 7th St. was closed from 5 p.m. into the evening between Cherry and Walnut Aves.

This afternoon (July 22) LBPD provided the following additional information...which indicates that it has arrested a 60 year old man (1700 block of 7th St.) who was booked for possession of a hoax device...but acknowledges in a release below that it found no explosive material in his residence and investigtors believe the suspect [release text] "had these measures in place for his personal protection and the protection of his property."

[LBPD release text] On Friday, July 20, 2012, at approximately 5:25 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a residence in the 1700 block of E. 7th Street regarding a male subject with a suspicious device.

When officers arrived, they discovered several suspicious devices affixed to the subject's vehicle. Officers conducting the investigation determined that no explosive material was found on the subjectís vehicle or in his possession; however, the investigation remained ongoing.

Information gathered through the follow-up investigation led officers back to the subjectís residence on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at approximately 1:05 p.m., where he was taken into custody.

Believing the suspect may have explosive material inside his residence, the apartment complex was immediately evacuated and secured. Through additional information gathered, detectives believed the suspectís residence may have been outfitted with devices that would discharge upon manual detonation. Therefore, the Los Angeles County Sheriffís Department Bomb Squad was requested and a search warrant was obtained to conduct a search of the residence.

Due to the circumstances, the Long Beach Police Departmentís S.W.A.T. Team was activated for the added protection of the Bomb Squad and the surrounding community. As a further precaution, residents and businesses surrounding the target location were also evacuated.

Upon entering the residence, the Bomb Squad located components of explosive devices and rendered them safe, however, no explosive material was found. The investigative team collected the evidence and believes the suspect had these measures in place for his personal protection and the protection of his property. At approximately 1:00 a.m. this morning, the area was deemed safe and all evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Due to the ongoing investigation, the suspect is only being identified as a 60-year-old Long Beach resident. He was booked for possession of a hoax device and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $20,000 bail.

The Long Beach Police Department would like to thank the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, the FBI, the Long Beach Fire Department, and Long Beach Search and Rescue for their assistance and support.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Long Beach Police Violent Crimes Detective David Ternullo at (562) 570-7250. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.

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