Saturday, August 16, 2008

No bomb, just milk powder

Well, it was all a bit underwhelming for me. I had gone to the restroom and then i overheard the district court clerk say we, back in a corner of the courthouse annex, did not have to evacuate. So, despite the fact we had evacuated, I went back to my office and worked. If I would've been blown up, it would've been my time i suppose.

Package clears out Comal courthouse
By Roger Croteau - SAEN

A man is in custody, receiving a psychological evaluation, after leaving a suspicious package outside the Comal County Courthouse, which led to a two-hour evacuation Friday.
Building Superintendent Anthony Saenz found the small package, wrapped in brown paper and tape, outside the rear entrance to the courthouse shortly before 10 a.m. and notified building security. The courthouse and the adjacent Commissioners Court Building and Comal Appraisal District building were evacuated and the San Antonio Police Department bomb squad was called.

The bomb squad determined the package was harmless and the evacuation was canceled around noon.

Police arrested Carlos Munoz, 45, of New Braunfels, and charged him with making a terroristic threat. His bond was set at $10,000.

Comal County Sheriff's Department investigators detained Munoz, who authorities said may have psychological problems. He confessed to leaving the package, said Chief Deputy Gregg Van de Loo.
“The package had livestock feed in it,” Van de Loo said. “The man is known to most of the local police. He gave a rambling statement about security not being adequate on the Guadalupe River and he talked about 9-11.”

Van de Loo said Munoz had gone to the New Braunfels Police Department and the Sheriff's Department in recent days and “rambled to officers,” but he was not detained because he did not appear to present a danger to himself or others.