BREAKING: LAPD investigating bomb threat near Wilshire Boulevard Temple
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[UPDATE: 2:45 pm] “[The vehicle] was rendered safe. No device was found in or around the vehicle,” said police spokesman Sgt. Rudy Lopez.
The investigation is ongoing as LAPD seeks to identify who placed the bomb threat early this morning. There are “minimal leads,” Lopez said.
The LAPD BatCat vehicle, with the squad car held midair on its lifting mechanism, will remain near the intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and Harvard Blvd. for approximately another hour, Lopez said.
Most of the streets around Wilshire Blvd. Temple have reopened.
[UPDATE: 2:10 pm] The squad car under investigation was moved by the LAPD BatCat vehicle.
[UPDATE: 1:50 pm] LAPD officer has approached the squad car and is inspecting the vehicle.
[UPDATE: 1:30 pm] Loud boom as the trunk of the squad car flew open. LAPD Robot inspecting vehicle.
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[UPDATE 12:06 pm] An LAPD BatCat unit has now deployed by the suspicious LAPD squad car outside Wilshire Blvd. Temple in mid-Wilshire. The black fire engine-sized vehicle is using a front fork to lift the LAPD vehicle.
[UPDATE 11:30 am] Bomb squad robot has removed an object from underneath the LAPD squad car near Wilshire Blvd. Temple.
[UPDATE 11:19 am] A loud bang as the LAPD robotics unit shot out the windows of the LAPD squad car suspected of harboring an explosive device. LAPD canine units are now being deployed to search for any “secondary threats,” according to Sgt. Rudy Lopez. A robotics team is still investigating the LAPD car parked on Harvard St. between 6th and Wilshire Blvd
[UPDATE 11:00 am] The robotic unit is now moving toward the police car that LAPD suspect of harboring an explosive device.
[10:15 am] LAPD units on the scene at Wilshire Blvd. Temple‘s Koreatown synagogue are deploying bomb disposal units and robotic devices “to assess the situation” following a series of three bomb threats.
Wilshire Blvd. Temple which received a bomb threat early in the morning on Dec. 18. Photo by Lynn Pelkey
Police spokesman Sgt. Rudy Lopez told the Jewish Journal at 10:15 a.m. the investigation should take about two hours.
At 2 a.m. a caller to LAPD headquarters claimed to have planted an explosive device on the grounds of the temple, one of Los Angeles’s largest. An initial search failed to turn up anything suspicious.