Update – Wednesday afternoon LAPD Public Information Officer Sal Ramirez confirmed that a “passerby saw a male put a device under a car and called 911. The officer who took the call dispatched the bomb squad. A GPS tracking device was found under the car.” Officer Ramirez could not confirm this was a domestic dispute.
Reports of a suspicious package in front of the Thai Consulate at 611 N. Larchmont Blvd. late yesterday morning brought out LAPD’s bomb squad, which blocked off North Larchmont Blvd. from Clinton to Melrose Avenue, and two blocks on Clinton Street. Officers evacuated some of the adjacent buildings, as well…or requested that people remain inside the buildings.
“The package was reported by a concerned citizen who saw something and reported it as they should,” Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova of Wilshire Division told the Buzz yesterday afternoon. “This triggered our protocols dispatching the appropriate units, and it turned out there was nothing in the package and the streets were cleared.”
One Buzz reader whose office is located across the street from the Thai Consulate posted on our Instagram feed that she didn’t see any activity at that building, but she could clearly see the LAPD bomb squad at the intersection of Clinton and Larchmont.
“We weren’t evacuated, but told to stay inside and away from the windows. Great relief when the yellow tape came down two hours later. It’s hard to know what was really going on!” posted jkarfoil.
This morning, we saw a post on LoudLabs.com, a news video website, saying the incident might have been related to a domestic dispute, and “started around 1:00 p.m. when a passerby saw the man place a device under a car along the 600 block of North Larchmont Avenue.” That story went on to say the man was actually placing a GPS tracking device under his wife’s car, which was parked in front of West Coast Escrow, across the street from the consulate.
We have not yet been able to confirm those details with LAPD, but we will update this story when we learn more.