Orange County

Police Investigating Possible Bomb Threat in Garden Grove

A person was taken into custody in connection with the investigation.

A bomb squad was called Wednesday to a Garden Grove convenience store to investigate a suspicious car parked in the lot by a possibly drugged man who was later arrested.

The unidentified man walked into the 7-Eleven at 13472 Euclid St. about 11 a.m. and asked if there were cameras because he wanted them to catch "what happens," according to police.

An employee saw the suspect's newer-model white Ford Mustang in the parking lot with a fertilizer tank in the driver's seat and hoses and other items coming out of the car, which also had some sort of message written on it, and called police, said Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney.

The suspect left the store and dropped a jug containing liquid and a hose in front of the nearby Euclid Nursery, 13352 S. Euclid St., Whitney said.

Police shut down traffic in the area around Euclid and Trask and evacuated businesses, according to Whitney, who said an Orange County Sheriff's Department's bomb squad was using a robot to analyze the car. He said the explosives experts examined the job, and "not too concerned" about its contents.

Just after 2 p.m., police tracked down the suspect in the 11000 block of Crosby Avenue and took him into custody, Whitney said.

"A neighbor called and said there was a suspicious guy in the backyard hiding," he said. "We got there and determined it was the same guy who walked away from the 7-Eleven store." 

The man, whose name was not immediately released, "was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of narcotics," the lieutenant said.

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