Niagara Gazette

April 19, 2013

Suspicious packages removed from Massachusetts car; detained men cooperating with authorities

By Mark Scheer
Niagara Gazette

— Niagara Falls police say several suspicious packages have been removed from a car on Elmwood Avenue and are being investigated.

The New York State Police Bomb Squad's robotic bomb-detecting device removed the packages from the black Nissan with Massachusetts plates late Friday morning.

"I have seen at least three or 4 packages removed," Falls Capt. David LeGault said.

Investigators are currently examining the contents of the packages.

LeGault also said the two men from the car that are currently being detained are cooperating with authorities.

There are unconfirmed reports the two men were brought to the nearby Boys & Girls Club facility for questioning, not police headquarters.

"They may have used it as a staging area," LeGault said of the Boys & Girls Club but would say no more.

When asked what authorities were on the scene investigating the car and it's contents, LeGault responded, “Pretty much everyone."

 

Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto said the two men are not Russian nationals but would not comment further on the subject.

The incident began shortly before 9 a.m. Friday. Falls police received a tip from a passerby of the car and the it was stopped by a patrolman. The two men in the car are being detained for questioning, DalPorto said.

Meanwhile, Falls and New York State Police have closed off Elmwood Avenue between 18th and 19th streets while the state police bomb squad's robotic device investigates the black Nissan.

“We're not sure of the contents of the car or what their activity is,” DalPorto said of the situation.

It's early in the investigation, said Capt. Craig Hanesworth of the New York State Police. 

“There are items in the car,” he said. “what they are, we don't know.”

Police were not evacuating the area behind City Market, but police were urging people to stay in their homes.