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Man arrested in connection with 'suspicious device' incident at Hollywood Transit Center

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Wilfredo Reyes, jail booking photo (Courtesy: Portland Police Bureau) Wilfredo Reyes, jail booking photo (Courtesy: Portland Police Bureau)
Police investigating suspicious device at Hollywood Transit Center on Friday. (KPTV) Police investigating suspicious device at Hollywood Transit Center on Friday. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A 59-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a suspicious device that was found at the Hollywood Transit Center Friday afternoon.

The situation began to unfold around noon Friday.  

Police said the device in question was a backpack left on a MAX Green Line train. It was initially determined to be suspicious in nature, so the Portland Police Bureau Explosive Disposal Unit was called out.

By 3 p.m., a loud noise was heard from the train and police confirmed it was a remote device used by the bomb squad on the backpack.

The backpack ended up not being a legitimate threat, but officers said preliminary information suggests the person who left the bag on the train did so on purpose to cause alarm. 

Investigators said there were "materials indicative of a device protruding from the backpack."

Portland Fire and Rescue investigators arrested 59-year-old Wilfredo Reyes Friday evening.

Investigators said it is believed Reyes left the backpack that had the appearance of a suspicious device on the MAX train then called 911 to report the backpack as suspicious.

Reyes was located by Transit Division officers near West Burnside and 5th Avenue.

Reyes was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of false report, disorderly conduct in the second degree, interfering with public transportation and possession of a hoax device.

The investigation led to the closure of westbound Interstate 84 at Interstate 205, as well as other road closures, including Northeast Halsey and Glisan streets in the area of the transit center.

TriMet reported that MAX Blue, Green and Red lines were disrupted with shuttle buses picking up passengers. MAX service was restored by 4 p.m.

While the situation caused long delays for drivers and public transit users, some people said they were happy to see the police response.

"I'm glad that they're taking precautions and checking it out, that's the right thing to do. I feel good about it," said MAX passenger Dan Hays. 

The Portland Police Bureau reports there will be a continuing increased police presence on trains and buses. Anyone who sees something suspicious is asked to contact police or a TriMet employee. 

Anyone with information about Friday's investigation should contact investigator Jason Anderson at 503-823-4636 with Portland Fire & Rescue. 

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