Man, 71, in custody after suspicious package found at Montreal airport
Published Sunday, October 27, 2013 7:09PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, October 27, 2013 10:03PM EDT
A 71-year-old man is in custody after a suspicious package was found at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport Sunday morning.
The search for a suspect led police to the suburb of LaSalle, where officers surrounded five blocks and evacuated dozens of homes.
One residence was searched and a bomb disposal robot was brought in. The suspect’s vehicle was also searched.
Hours earlier, at 5:40 a.m., airport screening officers observed a suspicious item in a passenger’s carry-on bag. They called Montreal Police, who took over the investigation.
Police insist the bag did not contain an explosive, but the package has been sent to a lab for analysis.
The incident delayed 16 flights and shut down the security screening area at the U.S. departure zone for three hours.
The suspicious bag would have been on a U.S.-bound flight.
Police also said they are looking at surveillance tapes from the airport as part of their investigation.
With a report from CTV’s Montreal Bureau Chief Genevieve Beauchemin