US Capitol Evacuated; Man Questioned
(CNN) — A suspicious package has been removed form the Hart Senate Office Building and suspicious envelopes have been removed from the third floors of both the Hart and Russell Senate Office Buildings, and the areas are now open, Capitol police said Tuesday.
Capitol Hill Police were questioning a man with a backpack in the area of the Hart Senate Office Building. He raised suspicions with the contents of his backpack and the way he responded to police questions, two Capitol Hill police officers told CNN.
The man’s backpack contained sealed envelopes, one of the officers said. The backpack is being X-rayed, one of the officers said.
The man is not believed to be connected to a letter possibly containing ricin found in a Senate mailroom and an apparently similar letter sent to President Obama, a federal law enforcement official told CNN. The man being questioned is described as emotionally disturbed, the official said.
— CNN’s Dana Bash, Diane Ruggiero, and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.
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