Deputies swarm Salem bank after suspicious package left inside - KPTV - FOX 12

Suspicious package scare at Salem bank leads to arrest

Posted: Updated: Nov 26, 2012 04:08 PM

A man prompted a bomb scare at a Salem bank after police said he took off his shoes and socks, put them in a garbage basket with other items and then placed a radio next to them before taking off.

Workers said Danny Kelly, 23, of Salem put a mask on his face as he left the West Coast Bank, 510 Lancaster Dr. N.E., just before noon Monday.

Witnesses reported wires sticking out of the items the man left in the garbage basket. The Salem Police Department's Bomb Squad responded and determined the items were harmless.

The bank was closed for two hours.

Witnesses at the scene gave investigators a good description of the man and said he boarded a bus. Marion County deputies were able to stop the bus and bring the man back to the scene.

Witnesses said the man appeared to be wearing a bullet-proof vest. Deputies said it was actually a homemade vest composed of thin sheet metal. His mask was determined to be a dog muzzle and deputies said he was also wearing stick-on tattoos.

He is charged with disorderly conduct and menacing for the fear he instilled in bank employees, according to deputies.

Additionally, his probation deputy placed a detainer on him for violating the conditions of his probation.

Kelly was booked into the Marion County Jail and was to receive a mental evaluation as part of the booking process.

Deputies originally sent out a mug shot of Kelly from a previous arrest, before later replacing it with a mug shot taken Monday.

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