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Man falsely claiming to have explosive device taken into custody

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Man enters bank, claims explosive device is strapped to him
  • Duct tape covered bulky object on his back
  • No explosives were found
  • Motive unclear

(CNN) -- A man who walked into a Wachovia bank in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia, claiming falsely to have an explosive device on him has been taken into custody without anyone being hurt, police said Monday.

The incident began at 9:18 a.m., when the man -- with duct tape covering what appeared to be a bulky object on his back -- walked into the bank and announced he had an explosive device, a spokeswoman for the Harrisonburg Police Department said.

Employees and customers evacuated the building, after which -- at about 10:30 a.m. -- the man also walked out, the department said in a news release.

"Officers instructed the offender to walk to the back of the building until he was able to remove the device from his person. Once the offender removed the device, he was taken into police custody to speak with investigators."

No explosive device was found, the motive is unclear and no charges were filed, police said.

CNN's Karan Olson contributed to this story.