Spokane Police Respond to Suspicious Bag Near Deaconess

Ofc. Teresa Fuller, 509.835.4568, tfuller@spokanepolice.org

Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 8:21 p.m.

This afternoon, Spokane Police responded to the report of a suspicious bag hanging off a walkway over Lincoln St. between 4th and 5th near Deaconess Hospital. Because of the suspicious nature of the article and the odd location where it was hanging, officers called the Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) to render it safe.

Today, Feb. 11, 2016, just after 3:00pm, the Spokane Police Division received a report of what appeared to some type of garment bag hanging off the railing of a walkway that spans Lincoln St. between the Deaconess Health Building and the Hospital from security at the facility. Officers on scene felt that due to the suspicious location and nature of the placement of the bag, calling EDU in to handle it was the safest option.

Just before 6:15pm, Lincoln from 3rd to 5th and 4th from Monroe to Wall were closed to all traffic. Just after 7:00pm, once EDU officers were ready to start manipulating the bag in order to get it into a position where they could x-ray it, I90 was closed east and west bound from Maple to Division. I90 was re-opened approximately 14 minutes later.

EDU determined the bag contained miscellaneous items, none of which were dangerous. Spokane Police will continue to investigate this incident to determine who the bag belongs to and if any charges are appropriate. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Check at 509.456.2233.

SPD would also like to thank our friends at Washington State Patrol and Deaconess for their assistance tonight. Their partnerships were crucial in ensuring the safety of the people in the area of this incident.

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