ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - With the Boston bombings rattling the country police locked down part of the University of New Mexico Friday after someone dropped a backpack at a building and appeared to flee.
An area on Camino de Salud NE east of University Boulevard and south of Indian School Road was blocked off for more than two hours as UNM police and the Albuquerque Police Department bomb squad investigated that suspicious package.
They say someone inside the Dental Services Building called UNMPD a little before 10:30 a.m. saying a young man dropped a backpack outside and then took off on a bicycle.
The building was evacuated and a day care next door assumed shelter-in-place status. A parking lot was also blocked off.
Many family members came to pick up their children as the investigation stretched on.
APD bomb techs determined the backpack was just a backpack and was not a danger to the public.
However, UNM police said the event warranted caution and the police response.
"Because of the suspicious nature of him dropping off the backpack like that we took this matter very seriously," UNMPD Lt. Tim Stump said. "We want to thank everyone in the UNM community also for cooperating."
A man was found and detained by police who are not saying if he is a UNM student.
They do say he was questioned and released and that police do not believe he intentionally left the backpack. So no criminal charges are planned.
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