PD: Suspicious item found downtown deemed 'safe'

Posted at 11:02 PM, Dec 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 01:02:46-05

Light rail, bus service and traffic restrictions have been lifted after police say a "suspicious" item found in downtown Phoenix has been deemed safe.

Phoenix police identified the suspicious item as as a camping grill. It was found around 5:25 p.m. by a security guard. Twenty minutes later, he saw the grill was still there and called police.

As police started to investigate, they said a man started interfering with their investigation.

Authorities said the man was carrying a backpack and would not obey police commands.

Officers took his backpack and took the man to police headquarters for questioning.

They investigated both the backpack and the grill. Both were deemed safe.