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Man's 'Suspicious' Behavior Leads to Heavy Police Response in Patterson

Police are withholding his identity.

Officials say reports of a man acting oddly and locking himself in a bathroom at Patterson Town Hall caused cops to shut down the area.

The accounts came from employees there, and they "sparked fears of a possible bomb threat," authorities with the said in a statement Friday afternoon. 

Police were not releasing the man's identity at that time, and they say their investigation is ongoing. The statement made no mention of any charges being filed.

Initial complaints came in around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. 

"Witnesses said they saw the man carry a briefcase into a restroom, lock himself inside for a protracted time, and then emerge without the briefcase in hand," police said. "Employees then found that some tiles in the drop ceiling of the restroom had been dislodged, raising suspicions that the briefcase, and its unknown contents, had been secreted in the ceiling."

At that time, deputies heard "varying" stories from witnesses, which prevented them from determining whether the subject was still inside the building, according to officials.

"Witnesses told authorities that the man had been seen earlier in the afternoon at the Patterson Town Court Building, located across the street from the Town Hall, where he reportedly refused to sign a visitor’s log and made statements suggesting some opposition toward the courts and government, although no specific threats were reported," police said.

The possibility of a threat prompted authorities to call in bomb-sniffing dogs and members of the Countywide Emergency Response Team. That unit is made up of "specially-armed officers" from the Sheriff's Office, Carmel and Kent Police Departments. .

By 8 p.m., the building was secure, police say, and the suspicious man "was no longer in the area." 

Ashley Tarr September 07, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Patterson Ambulance Corps, Patterson Fire Department and TransCare Paramedics were on standby. Here's the full list of folks who responded: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, FBI agents, MTA Police K-9 units, New York State Police, Putnam County E911 Call Center, Westchester County Bomb Squad
Denise L September 07, 2012 at 09:38 PM
uuhhmm what was in the briefcase? .and what happened to the guy and whats his story..thats what people want to know..
Ashley Tarr September 07, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Hi Denise. I believe that is all the Sheriff's Office is saying right now, as I contacted them twice this morning with specific questions and they referred me to the statement they'd be releasing later on. I will of course share additional information I learn.
Kevin Bayersdorfer September 07, 2012 at 11:22 PM
There is no sign in sheet at the Patterson Justice Court, there is however one at the Town Hall reception desk.
Ashley Tarr September 10, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Hmmm. Thanks for the comment, Kevin. Perhaps that was part of the varying accounts. Either way, I just double checked the press release and confirmed that's what police said.

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