Citrus Heights, CA – At Approximately 3:04pm on May 25, 2016, Citrus Heights Police Dispatch received a call from the Sacramento Metro Fire District (Station 21) located at 7641 Greenback Lane. It was reported that a subject behaving oddly, dropped off a suspicious package and ran away. The subject was described as a Hispanic, male, adult wearing a long sleeve red shirt and a dark hat over a beanie. It was reported the subject was wearing one glove on the hand that was holding the suspicious package, which he set down very carefully and ran away. The package was described as an oxygen bottle and a backpack with what appeared to be wires and other packages.
During the investigation CHPD closed Greenback Lane from San Juan Ave to Sunrise Blvd. Due to the proximity of San Juan High School, the small number of students present were sheltered in place. Adjacent businesses and a few residents were evacuated for safety. Firefighters at the station sheltered in place and the SMFD Academy Class was evacuated. CHPD Officers located the described subject in a business in the area of Sunrise Blvd and Greenback Lane. He was detained for an unrelated crime.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Explosive Ordinances Devices Team (EOD) responded to the location and rendered the package safe by detonation. After detonation EOD concluded the suspicious package was not a destructive or explosive device.
Once the package was rendered safe, all roadways were reopened, and the shelter in place order was lifted. The suspect was later released without charge.
CHPD encourages citizens – If you see something…say something. If something isn’t right or out of place and you feel it may cause harm, please report it.