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‘Explosive device’ found at Evanston police post, suspect in custody

A suspect is in custody after an “explosive device” was found outside an Evanston Police Department outpost on the southern edge of Evanston, on the border of the north suburb and Chicago.

On Saturday, Evanston Police received information about a possible explosive device planted at the Evanston Police Department’s Howard Street Outpost at 633 Howard St., a release from Evanston police said.

Detectives from the Evanston Police Investigative Services Division looked into the tip and the information appeared credible, police said. As a result, bomb technicians from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police responded to the scene and conducted a search, locating an explosive device in the rear exterior of the building.

The device was made inoperable by bomb squad technicians, and the Chicago Fusion Center was notified. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also assisted in the investigation.

A person of interest was taken into custody Saturday, Evanston police said. A statement was obtained and additional evidence was recovered, police said. It appears the person in custody acted alone and no other explosive device was placed.

The suspect was turned over to federal authorities late Sunday afternoon. Formal charges were pending Sunday evening, according to police.

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