Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Parts of city parking garage, Oak Street closed

UPDATE: 6 p.m.: The garage has reopened. Police determined the device was a GPS unit and not explosive.

UPDATE 4:20 p.m.: Oak has reopened. The garage remains closed.

At about 2:30 p.m. today, police were called to the city parking garage at 12th and Oak downtown. A man and woman had just left court to get an order of protection against another man. The couple saw that man standing next to their vehicle in the garage, and he then walked away. When the couple approached their car, they saw a small black box attached to it. They thought the device looked suspicious and called police.

KCPD's Bomb and Arson Unit is on the scene investigating. Oak from 11th to 12th streets is closed. The parking garage is closed completely from the sixth to ninth levels. Those parked on the fifth level or below will be able to access their vehicles to leave, but no new traffic will be allowed in.

These closures are expected to be at least an hour while police investigate. We'll keep you updated.