Suspicious package spurs street evacuation in Warner Robins

wcrenshaw@macon.comAugust 17, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Residents of a street were evacuated Saturday after FBI agents serving a warrant discovered a suspicious package.

A resident of Hedlund Drive, who didn’t give his name, said he saw about 15 FBI agents swarm his neighbor’s house about 8 a.m. About an hour later, he said, he was told a suspicious package had been found and he had to evacuate. Residents were kept away, and the road closed, until late in the afternoon.

The resident said he also saw Homeland Security officers on the scene and what appeared to be a bomb squad. The said the man who lived in the house, whom he did not know, was led away in handcuffs.

“He didn’t associate with anybody,” the man said.

A release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Macon sent late Saturday said agents were serving a warrant when they discovered materiels that were suspected to be “explosive in nature.”

The area was evacuated and the road blocked until the materials could be removed.

The release did not state the nature of the investigation that led agents to the home.

At about 7 p.m., a man arrived at the house, knocked on the door and then left when no one answered. He identified himself only as the son of the man who lived there, but said he did not know what had happened or whether his father had been arrested.

The street runs from one side of Todd Circle to the other.

For most of the day, police blocked Todd Circle on the east side of Kimberly Road. People could enter only if they showed identification that they lived there.

“We don’t know what’s going on,” said a woman who lives on Hedlund, shortly after the evacuation order ended. “They came up my driveway and told me to leave immediately.”

Tabitha Pugh, spokeswoman for the Warner Robins Police Department, said the police department’s only involvement was blocking the road.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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