Published: Sat, August 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Police flyer shows man sought in subway scare

Police flyer shows man sought in subway scare

"Please avoid the area of Fulton St & William St in the Fulton St subway station (Manhattan) due to a police investigation", the tweet read.

A New York Police Department emergency services unit also responded around 7:15 a.m. ET to the scene, the official said.

Police are hunting for a person of interest seen leaving at least two rice cookers in a subway station and sparking an evacuation in Lower Manhattan Friday morning.

But police stressed that so far, it wasn't clear whether he was trying to frighten people or merely throwing the objects away.

New York Police Department Counterterrorism tweeted an update Friday morning saying that the devices were cleared and were not explosive devices. "It is possible that somebody put out a bunch of items in the trash today and this guy picked them up and then discarded them, or it's possible that this was an intentional act".

The third suspicious device was "fully investigated and deemed safe" by police officers, the NYPD said on Twitter.

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John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism for the NYPD, speaks to the press near the scene of a suspicious package near the Fulton Street subway station in Lower Manhattan on August 16, 2019, in NY.

Waters posted photos of the objects, which looked like pressure cookers or electric crockpots. That suspicious item has also been deemed safe, according to police. The devices were found to be harmless and were taken away by the bomb squad.

The Fulton Street station has reopened.

Michael Oji, a New Jersey resident who works in lower Manhattan, said he's lived in the metro area for more than 20 years and saw the additional security that came to the area after the September 11 attacks.

The first two items, found at the Fulton Street subway complex, were rice cookers, according to two law enforcement sources.

Police have released a flyer asking people to help them find a man who was recorded on security cameras placing a pair of rice cookers in a New York City subway station.

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