All-Clear Given Following Bomb Threat at El Monte Police Department

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A bomb squad was called to El Monte Tuesday morning after a man walked into the El Monte Police Department and then called authorities claiming he had a bomb.

The El Monte Police Department is seen in this image from Google Maps.
The El Monte Police Department is seen in this image from Google Maps.

Officers quickly located the man after the call was made to the dispatch center at about 6:45 a.m., according to an El Monte Police Department news release.

The caller was in possession of a backpack, which he dropped to the ground once officers confronted him, the news release stated.

The man, who was said to be in his 50s, was detained by officers and was cooperating, according to the Police Department.

At one point, the man identified himself by the name of “Jihad,” a sergeant with the police department said.

The public was asked to avoid the area of Valley Boulevard between Ramona Boulevard and Peck Road due to police activity.

A perimeter of 300 yards was established, which also resulted in the closing of El Monte City Hall, according to the news release.

A bomb squad later determined there were no explosives or dangerous materials inside the backpack.

Officials reopened City Hall and Valley Boulevard sometime after 8 a.m.

No further details regarding the man being detained by authorities were immediately available.

Anyone with information regarding the incident was asked to call El Monte police at 626-580-2114.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this report. 

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