Crime tape (Photo via Flickr/nullvalue)Police have closed a road outside of a federal office near Union Station to investigate a suspicious package.

The 100 block of F Street NE in front of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building was closed around 12:25 p.m., authorities said.

Police are reportedly investigating a container of mail.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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Crime tape (Photo via Flickr/nullvalue)(Updated at 3:05 p.m.) Roads around the Rayburn House Office Building in the Capitol South area were closed for about 30 minutes this afternoon as U.S. Capitol Police investigated a suspicious vehicle in the area.

Police determined that the car was not dangerous and reopened the streets about 3 p.m.


The vehicle was reportedly parked near the intersection of Delaware Avenue SW and D Street SW. Police closed D Street SW between South Capitol Street and Washington Avenue SW and Washington Avenue SW between South Capitol Street and Independence Avenue SW about 2:25 p.m.

The Rayburn House Office Building contains offices for multiple members of the U.S. House of Representatives and is located near the Capitol South Metro station.

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Kingsman Academy PCS (Photo via Google Maps)Kingsman Academy Public Charter School at 1375 E St. NE was briefly evacuated this afternoon due to a suspicious package in the area.

Police and Fire and EMS officials responded to the middle school about 12:15 this afternoon, according to a police spokesperson. The officers determined that the package was not hazardous and quickly cleared the scene.

A resident who lives on the 1300 block of E Street NE said that the school alarm sounded and students were evacuated while police checked the package.

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MPD Police CarsA man had his cell phone stole yesterday afternoon in NoMa after the thief threatened him with a knife.

The robbery occurred about 1 p.m. at 19 I St. NW, according to Metropolitan Police First District Lieutenant Eddie Fowler. The man reported that the thief flashed a knife and demanded his cell phone. When the man handed over his cell phone, the thief fled. The case is under investigation but police do not have a description of the suspect.

There was also a robbery on the 100 block of 19th Street NE last night. A person reported that they were robbed by five black boys about 10:10 p.m.

Earlier in the night, police closed several roads near Lincoln Park. Parts of North Carolina Avenue NE and 13th Street NE were closed for about an hour as the police investigated the package. Roads reopened once police determined that the package did not pose a threat.


Eastern High School (Photo via Eastern High School)

(Updated at 11:20 a.m.) Police have reopened two blocks of East Capitol Street that were closed for over an hour this morning due to a suspicious package.

The stretch of East Capitol Street that closed, between 17th and 19th streets, runs in front of Eastern High School. An employee at the school said that the building was evacuated for a short period of time but that classes have resumed.

A police spokesperson said that the scene has been cleared and the roads reopened.

Police received a report of the package about 9:25 this morning, according to a police spokesperson.


CAIR (Photo via Instagram/ CAIR_national)(Updated at 3:30 p.m.) The suspicious substance that was found at the Council on American-Islamic Relations earlier today was found to be not dangerous and has been handed over to the FBI, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

Employees are now being allowed back into the building now that the substance has been handed over.

Employees of the Council on American-Islamic Relations had to evacuate their Capitol Hill office earlier after receiving a suspicious envelope containing powder.

The envelope was discovered just after noon today, at which point the office at 453 New Jersey Ave. SE was evacuated.

Several employees were exposed to the powder and were quarantined while hazmat officials tested the substance.


14th Street Bridge (Photo via Twitter/ DC Police Traffic)

(Updated at 1:35 p.m.) Police have reopened the 14th Street Bridge and all other road closures related to a suspicious package found on the bridge.

Police shut down multiple roads in Southwest for about an hour due to a suspicious package on the 14th Street Bridge.

All lanes of the 14th Street bridge were closed about 12:20 p.m. in addition to Maine Avenue SW between 12th and 15th Streets SW. The closures came after a suspicious package fell out of a car on the bridge, the Washington Post reported.

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Marine Barracks entrance(Updated at 2:05 p.m.) Police didn’t find anything hazardous after they received a report of a suspicious package near the Marine Barracks, according to authorities.

Police were dispatched to investigate a package at 8th and I streets SE about 11:15 a.m. By 1 p.m., they had concluded their investigation.

It wasn’t immediately clear what the package was.

At least some of 8th Street SE was temporarily closed during the investigation.


Crime tape (Photo via Flickr/nullvalue)(Updated at 4:30 p.m.) An unattended lunch bag temporarily closed streets near the U.S. Capitol this afternoon, according to U.S. Capitol Police.

From about 4 to 4:15 p.m., East Capitol Street NE was closed between 1st and 2nd streets NE and 1st Street NE was closed between Independence and Constitution avenues NE as police investigated a report of a suspicious package, the Metropolitan Police Department tweeted.


Dirksen Senate Office Building (Photo via Architect of the Capitol)(Updated at 1:40 p.m.) Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill has reopened after a report of a suspicious package prompted an evacuation.

The U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms tweeted about 1:30 p.m. that the building was “all clear.”

U.S. Capitol Police received a phone call earlier today about a suspicious package in room SD-G40 of the building, police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider said.

The U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms tweeted about 12:45 p.m. that Dirksen was being evacuated.

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James Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress (Photo via Flickr/Craig Nelson)(Updated at 2:25 p.m.) Police have determined the James Madison Memorial Building is safe after unattended bags were discovered in the Library of Congress facility.

U.S. Capitol Police launched a suspicious package investigation into the bags after they were found in the building shortly after noon, police said.

By 2 p.m., the police had completed their probe and reopened a portion of Independence Avenue SE that was closed during the investigation. The building is located at 101 Independence Ave. SE.

Photo via Flickr/Craig Nelson


U.S. Capitol April 11, 2015 (Photo via Twitter/AMwekali)

(Updated at 8:45 p.m.) The U.S. Capitol was locked down for about two hours today after a person shot and killed himself on the Capitol’s grounds, police said.

Shots were fired on the U.S. Capitol’s West Front just after 1 p.m. and, shortly thereafter, the shooter was said to be “neutralized,” according to U.S. Capitol Police. Authorities are investigating the incident as a suicide.

The lockdown was lifted about 3:45 p.m., but portions of Maryland Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue and 1st Street around the U.S. Capitol remained closed as police conducted a suspicious package investigation connected to the shooting.

In a statement issued Saturday evening, U.S. Capitol Police said the “suspicious package” was actually the man’s backpack and rolling suitcase.

At approximately 1:05 pm on Saturday, April 11, 2015, a male subject walking in a public area near First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, walked towards the Lower West Terrace of the U.S. Capitol Building. The man had a backpack and a rolling suitcase. The man did not engage in any contact with the U.S. Capitol Police as he walked to the Lower West Terrace, where the self-inflicted gunshot occurred. The man who turned the gun on himself was the only shooter involved. No other injuries were reported. The identity of the man is being withheld pending further investigation and notification of next of kin.

As a security precaution, the U.S. Capitol Police placed the U.S. Capitol Building on lock-down and put several temporary street closures in the immediate area in place. The lock-down of the U.S. Capitol Building has been lifted.

The U.S. Capitol Police Hazardous Devices Section (bomb squad) led the investigation of the backpack and rolling suitcase that were with the man, with support from the Metropolitan Police Department EOD. The U.S. Capitol Police cleared these items with nothing hazardous found.

As this investigation continues, some temporary closures remain in place until further notice: the Lower West Terrace; First Street between Independence Avenue, SW and Constitution Avenue, NW; Maryland Avenue between First Street, SW and Third Street, SW; Pennsylvania Avenue between First Street, NW and Third Street, NW.

On Twitter, witnesses described the shooter as a young man who was protesting outside the Capitol.

Photo via @AMwekali


Suspicious package site (Photo via Twitter/ThomasDegry)(Updated at 4:55 p.m.) Police closed five blocks of 1st Street NE this afternoon after a report of a suspicious package.

The package was reported at 1200 1st St. NE, police said about 4:10 p.m. First Street NE was closed to all traffic from L Street NE to New York Avenue NE, according to police. No hazardous material was found, police said in an update about 40 minutes later.

It was not immediately clear where the package was found. Tenants at 1200 1st St. NE include DCPS, the District Office of Planning, the NoMa BID and a Wells Fargo bank.

Photo via Twitter/ThomasDegry


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