Masked suspect leaves suspicious package outside Guardian Building

A note with a suspicious package was left at the Guardian Building in downtown Detroit Friday morning.

It's still not clear what was inside, but police are searching for the suspect who left it behind.

Guard Angelo Proia says he was monitoring security cameras at the building at 10 a.m. Friday  when he saw something that alarmed him.

"I had just seen a person with a white bed sheet," he said. "He had a package covered and dropped it off by Guardian door here."

Proia says he ran out of the building to catch the man, but he had already fled. However, the package was still there.

"It seemed like it had a motion detector so I knew had to evacuate building," he said.

Workers piled outside the building and police were called to investigate the package that came with instructions.

"It did have a note, 'Open me now,'" said Police Chief James Craig. "At this point we're not certain what device is but we are taking precautions."

And searching for the man pictured and the vehicle he was driving.

"The suspect was wearing a mask and it appears, a construction helmet," Craig said. "He was in a possible 2001-2002 Jeep Cherokee. Black in color and on top of vehicle, an amber light."

Craig said the package was making some type of noise, but did not elaborate.

Security officials say workers were allowed back inside just before noon and they are pleased with how things went.

But one man who works for a valet service at the building says he wants to be reassigned.

"I already texts my supervisor and asked to go to a different building," said Taylor. "I don't want to come back to this building.

"I had never seen it happen before, I was kind of scared," said Kareem Taylor of Professional Valet Service.

Craig said they're treating this like any other suspicious package report.

"Every time we get a call of a suspicious package we take it seriously. we're going to do whatever investigation we need to do," Craig said. "Certainly there are some additional issues with this that necessitate us taking it a few steps further and we're doing that now,"

Craig said the item would be removed from the scene and they would investigate it at an undisclosed location.
The Guardian Building is in downtown Detroit at the intersection of Woodward and Griswold streets. 


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