Suspect Arrested in Connection to Packages Sent to US Military Bases
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 28, 2018,
Mar 28, 2018, 0:42
They were sent to military and intelligence addresses in the Washington area. In late February, 11 people fell ill and were treated for symptoms that included nosebleeds and burning sensations after an envelope containing an unknown substance was opened at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia.
Law enforcement officials told the broadcaster the packages were sent through the post.
The suspect, who has not yet been named, is expected to appear in court Tuesday after suspicious packages were left at Fort Belvoir, Fort McNair, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, CBS News reported.
The two known facilities that received packages were the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, and Fort Belvoir, 45 minutes from the capital in northern Virginia.
He said an x-ray indicated what was suspected to be a type of fuse attached.
It's not clear if any of the packages was an actual working explosive device that could have been detonated.
Some of the deliveries were also accompanied with some long letters, described as rambling and disturbing, according to officials. Fortunately, none of the packages had exploded, and no one was hurt or injured.
Army Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza says the incident is under investigation and the Pentagon was referring all inquiries to the FBI.
The arrest came after five packages containing "potential destructive devices" were sent to District of Columbia area military installations and the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday.
Federal law-enforcement officials said Monday that they are investigating a wave of suspicious mailings to government offices in and around Washington.