Man Facing Criminal Charges For ‘Suspicious’ Bag On Bus

KOREATOWN (CBS) — A 62-year-old man, whose suitcase triggered a bomb scare on a Metro bus, was facing possible criminal charges on this 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Eugenio Parades, 62, was detained at Vermont Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday and arrested on suspicion of making a terrorist threat and possessing a hoax device, said Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

“A gentleman entered on one of the buses in Santa Monica and had made some cryptic kind of statements to the bus driver and had a suspicious kind of package which caught the attention of the bus driver,” Dept. Sheriff Christopher Landacazo told CBS2.

The bag was “a suitcase with wires exposed that looked like a device,” Deputy Tony Moore said.

Parades allegedly “was making threats towards the driver,” he said.

Authorities spent more than four hours investigating the device before clearing the scene.

Landacazo said authorities do not believe this incident is associated with the 9/11 attacks, adding that the it’s still under investigation.

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