3 kitchen devices found in Manhattan deemed safe, NYPD searching for West Virginia man: reports

Andrew Weber
August 16, 2019 - 7:53 am
Person of interest saw in relation to Fulton Street station devices

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Police are searching for a man who was seen on security footage putting two rice cookers in the Fulton Street subway station Friday morning.

According to WNBC, the suspect has been identified as Larry Griffin, from West Virginia.

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan tweeted out a photo of the person of interest. 

The discovery of the items caused an evacuation of the area and suspension of subway service at the station.

The NYPD eventually deemed the items safe after an investigation.

A third kitchen device found near a Chelsea trash can about two hours after the Fulton Street devices were found was also deemed safe by police.

NYPD Official John Miller said cameras caught the man putting two cookers in the station and that police are trying to identify the man.

He is described as a tall, thin, white man with a blue t-shirt with a soccer ball image on the back.

Miller said it is unclear if the man was trying to scare the public or just get rid of items he no longer wanted.

The NYPD Bomb Squad cleared the devices, which it investigated as suspicious packages.

The items were found at about 7 a.m. on the 2 and 3 lines.

NYPD Counterterrorism Chief James Waters tweeted pictures of the items found downtown.

The NYPD is investigating if the downtown devices are related to the Chelsea device.

Miller said all three rice cookers were the same model.

The 2 and 3 subway lines are still not stopping at the station but service on all other lines has resumed.

NYPD warned commuters to avoid the area around the station while the investigation took place.

There are no reports of injuries.

This is a developing story.

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