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‘Suspicious package’ call evacuates Barnes & Noble in New Town

A suspicious package reported in outside the Barnes and Noble in Newtown Tuesday afternoon was found to just be a forgotten briefcase. (WYDaily/Google Maps)
A suspicious package reported in outside the Barnes and Noble in Newtown Tuesday afternoon was found to just be a forgotten briefcase. (WYDaily/Google Maps)

Parts of Mainstreet in New Town were evacuated Tuesday afternoon after a “suspicious package” was reported to authorities.

At 3:11 p.m., James City County sent out an message alerting locals to avoid the 5100 block of Main Street near Barnes & Noble Booksellers because a suspicious package had been reported.

That didn’t take long.

By 3:15 p.m., the issue was resolved, said Kenny Driscoll, fire marshal for the James City County Fire Department.

A passerby reported finding an unattended briefcase sitting on a bench outside the Barnes & Noble at 2:08 p.m. Officers started to evacuate the store and surrounding area and dispatched the Newport News Fire Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit to investigate, Driscoll said.

But at 3:15 p.m., before the unit could arrive or all of the employees were evacuated, the man who owned the briefcase came forward and opened the object to show there was nothing dangerous inside, Driscoll said.

He added that what had made the object appear suspicious to begin with was that it was left unattended.

Driscoll said the man had been sitting on the bench and working on his laptop while enjoying the nice weather but had simply forgotten his briefcase when he left.

Alexa Doironhttp://wydaily.com
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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