Arrest after suspicious packages sent to the military sites
The FBI is of the opinion Thanh Cong Phan was working alone, and more than a dozen packages to five locations in the Washington, D. C.; Lucas, Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon.
Another suspicious package was discovered at a government mail facility in Washington, D. C., on Wednesday — and it was sent by the same man who is accused of mailing a dozen others at various military installations in the capital of the country.
The package was discovered during a routine examination and was deemed “no threat” after the FBI took possession of it, law enforcement officials told Fox News.
The FBI confirmed the package was discovered around 7:30 pm, in an e-mail facility at 3300 V Street NE, in Washington.
#BREAKING: #FBI confirms locations of suspicious packages sent to the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area by Thanh Cong Phan, who is in custody. The investigation is ongoing. @FBISeattle pic.twitter.com/0aGLkwy28o
— FBI Washington Field (@FBIWFO) March 28, 2018
Nearby roads were closed to traffic for several hours while workers were evacuated as a precaution, FOX5 DC reported.
The facility was given the all-clear signal around 10:30 pm
The scare came a day after the FBI announced the arrest of the 43-year-old Thanh Cong Phan, who was taken into custody Monday night from his home in Everett, Wash.
Thanh Cong Phan, 43, was arrested in connection with the suspicious packages sent to the military facilities in the capital of the nation.
Phan is accused of mailing more than a dozen packages for various government agencies, including the U.S. Secret Service White House Mail Screen Facility, the headquarters of the FBI in Baltimore and the CIA office in Langley, Virginia.
Explosive materials were found in a number of the packages, but they were discovered before they can be opened.
No motive has been made.
Authorities describe Phan as emotionally disturbed, and no stranger to the federal and local authorities. He had written to many government agencies in the past, including the members of Congress.
Thanh Cong Phan in the court on Tuesday.
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The office of the Prosecutor of the V. S. Annette L Hayes said Phan emerged as a suspect “as a U. S. Postal Service Inspector traced the tracking information on one of the packets to the Mill Creek, Washington, post office self-service kiosk.”
Surveillance images have appeared on the capture of Phan at the time of the mailing.
All packages are analyzed in the FBI forensics lab in Quantico.
On Tuesday, the FBI said it was possible further packets are sent to additional facilities in the Washington, DC.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang