Police Detonate Suspicious Package Near Hospital

Police: Man Asked For FBI, Ran From Security

Police blew up a suspicious package that prompted an evacuation near Methodist Hospital on Monday.

Indiana University Health officials said a man came to the security desk at the South Campus building just after 2 p.m. asking for the FBI and was belligerent, telling officers that he had planted several bombs around the hospital.

Security guards and an off-duty officer chased the man down and used a stun gun to subdue him.

Police said the man was carrying a briefcase rigged with wires connected to a cellphone, which ended up near 16th Street and Capitol Avenue.

Bomb experts detonated the device just after 3 p.m. They said they do not believe the package was actually an explosive device.

"In this day and age, you just never know what individuals are capable of doing. It could have serious consequences on the officer and the citizens, so we have to take due precautions in trying to protect everyone," said Officer Kendale Adams, Indianapolis police spokesman.

The man was arrested and was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

Streets in the area were reopened Monday evening.

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