Port Authority finds explosive device planted at bus terminal

NEW YORK — On Wednesday, police were called to investigate a suspicious suitcase that had been left unaccounted for inside a restaurant at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

The suitcase was placed inside the deli located within the bus station, prompting authorities to investigate the situation at around 5 p.m.

After a bomb-sniffing dog surveyed the situation, police opened the suitcase, finding a knife, bolt cutters, screwdrivers, and an improvised “flashbang” grenade. Port Authority Police then viewed the terminal’s surveillance footage of the area in an attempt to identify a suspect.

Arsenio Mason, of New Jersey, was eventually identified as the primary suspect and arrested when he returned to the terminal about 8 p.m. and asked about a suitcase he had left.

Charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, possession of burglary tools, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, Mason has a history of 29 arrests across three states, including California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.

The 38-year-old told police he was looking for his suitcase and was trying to make his way to Seattle.

Though no motive has been identified, the suitcase allegedly belonging to Mason did contain small doses of what is considered to be an explosive substance.

The NY Post reported that Mason is a fugitive from California who had violated parole there before coming to New Jersey.

He is being held on a $500,000 bail.

Arsenio Mason, 38, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, possession of burglary tools and criminal possession of a controlled substance on March 16, 2017. (Credit: Port Authority Police)

Arsenio Mason, 38, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, possession of burglary tools and criminal possession of a controlled substance on March 16, 2017. (Credit: Port Authority Police)

H/T: CBS New York

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