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DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 / 10:45 PM
SUBJECT:AMTRAK PASSENGER IN CUSTODY AFTER MAKING BOMB THREAT
An 84-year-old Philadelphia man is in custody after threatening to blow up an Amtrak train he was a passenger on that was carrying 198 other passengers and 9 crew members.
The incident occurred at about 7:45 this evening less than 10 minutes after the Chicago-bound train had left the Rensselaer station. The man, who got on the train in New York where it originated, reportedly became upset after the train was 25 minutes late in departing Rensselaer, and started yelling that he had a bomb and was going to blow up the train. He displayed a black device that had multi-colored wires coming out of it to nearby passengers who became alarmed and advised a conductor. When the conductor approached the man, he hurriedly stuffed the device into a duffle bag and reiterated the threats he had made. The conductor then contacted Amtrak Police who advised this Department of the situation.
The train stopped about ½-mile east of the Schenectady station. The man was sitting in the second-to-last car on the train and was removed by responding officers. After all of the other passengers in that car were moved to forward cars, the train was disconnected from that car and the one behind it. The train then continued to the Schenectady station. The passengers in the last car were evacuated and transported to the Schenectady station by CDTA bus.
A New York State Police bomb dog responded to the scene and checked the 2 cars. The device the man held in his hand and displayed was a transistor radio that was not altered to explode, and no explosive devices or materials were found.
The man has been turned over to Amtrak Police who are conducting the investigation. He will undergo a psychiatric evaluation and it is expected that he will be charged criminally. (Any identifying information about the man must be obtained from Amtrak Police)
The scene was cleared shortly after 10 p.m. and the train was expected to continue on to Chicago by 10:30.