Ticket protest prompts lockout at Eagleton Elementary School in Denver

Posted at 10:05 AM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-17 15:11:25-04

DENVER – Reports of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Eagleton Elementary School prompted authorities to put the Denver school on lockout Friday morning for about 90 minutes.

The concern came after someone reported the BMW SUV parked near the school around 8 a.m. with a sign posted on the hood of the vehicle that read, “F—k DPD.”

The Denver Police bomb squad responded and found what they called a suspicious package inside the SUV. Classes at the nearby Eagleton school continued as scheduled but in a different location. Some students were evacuated to a different part of the school.

A spokesperson with Denver Public Schools said the owner of the BMW told authorities that the sign was his response to a ticket he recently got. He told authorities that there is nothing suspicious in his SUV.

DPD bomb squad officers found the box contained no explosives and did not pose a safety threat, police say.

The man was arrested and is being held for investigation on a possession of a hoax device charge, which is a felony. His name is not being released until the Denver District Attorney's Office determines whether it will pursue the charges and the man is booked.

Police say the incident remains under investigation.


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