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Raleigh Hills apartment complex evacuated due to suspicious substance

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Police said a Raleigh Hills woman sent a threatening letter to her apartment manager containing white powder.

It prompted a big emergency response. Federal investigators showed up and forced renters to evacuate.

Police and firefighters got the call Friday morning at the Maples Apartments on Scholls Ferry Road and they've been here all day.

Police said the danger is gone, but they've identified a suspect and she could soon face serious charges.

"I was going to go out for a cigarette and came out and saw all of this. And I'm like whoa, that's really weird."

Christian Kennedy got a rude awakening this morning when his apartment building turned into a crime scene and word spread fast about why.

Kennedy said the complex manager opened a piece of mail that stopped him in his tracks.

"He received an envelope that had a white powdered substance inside of it. So he called the police," said Kennedy.

Deputies said the envelope contained white powder and a threatening letter.

Firefighters rushed to the scene, tested the substance and the result was serious enough to call in federal experts.

Officials evacuated the building and taped off the entire parking lot, creating a scene rarely found around here.

"Yeah right in our neighborhood. I mean, who would send anything dangerous to right here in Raleigh Hills," said Ryan McFarland, who lives in Raleigh Hills.

Cops said the apartment manager didn't have any symptoms, but he went to the hospital as a precaution. 

Experts in HazMat suits collected evidence while investigators tracked down a potential suspect, a woman who lives in the complex. Police interviewed her, then let her go.

Officials said she had a personal relationship with the manager.

FOX 12 spoke with the apartment manager off camera, he couldn't make any comments about the case, but he's back home and he's doing OK.

Deputies said it looks like the powder contained some kind of citric acid and they said they found some of it in the suspect's apartment.

The case will now be passed on to the D.A. who could file charges against her.

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