Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Bomb squad, FBI search man’s James City County home

(WYDaily/Courtesy of Google Maps)
(WYDaily/Courtesy of Google Maps)

James City County Police have a man in custody they say for a “mental health evaluation” following a suspicious bag call Monday.

Although the bag contained “nothing criminal,” the FBI and a bomb squad from Newport News are on scene in the 200 block Old Cart Road waiting for a warrant to search the man’s home.

“As far as I know the contents of the bag were ammunition, military dog tags and some paperwork,” said James City County Police Deputy Chief Steve Rubino.

Police did not identify the man since he has not been charged with a crime as of Monday afternoon.

It all began with a call at 9:57 a.m. — a resident told police her neighbor left a “suspicious bag” in her driveway.

“The preliminary investigation indicated that the male had a military background and may be suffering from mental health issues,” police wrote in a news release.

Authorities said the man’s home will be searched “for items related to his military service, which may include destructive devices and/or components.”

Residents in the area were instructed to shelter in place. One resident requested assistance in evacuating, police said.

No other information was immediately released.

This story will be updated.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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