Suspicious package investigated at government mail facility in DC
WASHINGTON - A suspicious package found in a government mail facility in Washington D.C. on Wednesday is linked to the same man arrested in connection with similar incidents at military bases and other federal government agencies, according to the FBI.
Police and FBI investigators responded to the 3300 block of V Street at about 7:30 a.m. The investigation caused parts of several roads in the area to be blocked off. Workers were evacuated from the facility for several hours until the all-clear was given at about 10:30 a.m.
Agents said they collected and removed a package from the facility and were investigating its contents. No injuries were reported. The FBI later announced that the package was linked to 43-year-old Thanh Cong Phan of Everett, Washington, in a tweet.
The FBI confirmed on Wednesday that Phan was now connected to packages being sent to at least 10 locations, including Fort Belvoir, Joint Base Anacostia-Boiling, Fort McNair, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mark Center Building, National Reconnaissance and the government mail facility in D.C.
None of the packages that Phan allegedly mailed exploded or caused any injuries, officials said. Federal authorities said they suspect more packages could have been mailed to processing facilities in the D.C. area. They are continuing to work to locate and isolate all of the packages.
Phan was arrested on Monday and has been charged with shipping explosive materials.