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Police Monitor Suspicious Vehicle, Detain One Man Near Pentagon

photo of Sara Sorcher
June 17, 2011

Authorities said a "suspicious" vehicle found near the Pentagon Friday contained no explosive material. Police continue to conduct sweeps of the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetary and Iwo Jima memorial after detaining one man before dawn Friday.

The man, identified as 22-year-old Yonathan Melaku by ABC News, was found in the cemetary and proved uncooperative with authorities' questions. He was found with a backpack containing suspicious, non-explosive materials, prompting police to search the area and close several major roads in the area. The suspicious vehicle was found in that search.

FBI Special Agent Brenda Heck said bomb disposal technicians found no "significant explosive related items" in the vehicle, according to NPR. U.S. Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser said in a news conference early Friday that nothing had been detonated, despite earlier reports that police planned a "controlled detonation" of the vehicle and device.

 

"We're pretty early in this right now so were going to be doing sweeps. We're coordinating our efforts to make sure that the entire area is safe," Schlosser said, declining to comment on whether the man arrested had any links to terrorist organizations.

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