Authorities respond to a suspicious bag left at the NLR State Revenue Office on JKF Blvd. (Photo: Oran Hardcastle/THV 11 News)
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Authorities released a suspect who was arrested Wednesday morning after a suspicious bag was found at the State Revenue Office off JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock.
Sgt. Brian Dedrick said a man reportedly became irate and left a suspicious backpack inside of the building.
"Due to all the recent events, and this backpack being left inside after he was disgruntled so we're just being on the safe side," Sgt. Dedrick said.
The Little Rock Bomb Squad, the ATF, and Arkansas State Police were called in to assist.
Captain Jason Weaver with the Little Rock Fire Department, and the Bomb Squad, says his team took all precautions.
"Better safe than sorry...our guys suited up, went inside. X-rayed the bag, had a few items in there that looked interesting on the x-ray but further evaluation found everything to be harmless, and pretty much just standard personal items," Captain Weaver said.
Captain Weaver said the man became upset about with one of the workers in the revenue division.
"I believe it was more anti-government, anti-system, he wasn't happy with the services he was receiving," Captain Weaver said.
Jacob Marsh was standing just outside, mailing an envelope, and was told to move away from the building as emergency crews arrived.
"I mean I'm not really worried about it, I mean it is kind of nerve-wracking because it's just been what, two weeks now, that something like that happened. So you kind of hope it's not that situation but if it is, we'll deal with it and move on," Marsh stated.
And emergency responders say even though they didn't find anything dangerous in the backpack, they weren't willing to take a chance.
"Every run that we make, we take as serious. A lot of the information we get, everybody is real relaxed and laid back and think there's not much of a threat there. We try to take every precaution and treat it as real every time," Weaver said.
Shara Brazear with the North Little Rock School District said Indian Hills Elementary was placed on lockdown as a precaution during this time.
Dedrick said a man was taken in custody after being found walking about two blocks away from the Revenue Office. However, he was released Wednesday afternoon when authorities determined there were only personal items in the backpack and the man had no criminal intent.
The man in question does have several arrest warrants in other states, but he was not held on those warrants since the states involved would not extradite him.