09/08/2007

N.M. police evacuate stores after bomb threat, standoff

By Raam Wong
The Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  The Kmart store on St. Michael's Drive and other commercial and government buildings were evacuated Thursday evening after a man parked nearby said he had a bomb.

The man parked his van in the parking lot between the Social Security Administration and Children, Youth & Families buildings on 5th Street near Kmart at about 6:30 p.m. and said he had a bomb and a detonator. Two CYFD employees were evacuated from the building, Santa Fe police Capt. Gilbert C'debaca said.

A Santa Fe police SWAT team was attempting to negotiate with the man by cell phone late Thursday.

Deputy Police Chief Benji Montaño said he had heard that the man was upset because the state had taken away his child or children.

Scores of police and paramedics vehicles blocked 5th Street between St. Michael's and Siringo Road and cleared the Kmart parking lot.

A Kmart employee said a police officer entered the store at about 7 p.m. and at first told customers to stay put before evacuating the building.

Copyright 2007 Albuquerque Journal

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