Bomb squad blows up briefcase at coffee shop

Posted at 7:23 AM, Feb 15, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-15 17:38:38-05

Police blew up a suspicious package outside a Salt Lake City coffee shop on Tuesday night.

It happened about 10 p.m. at Alchemy Coffee at 390 East 1700 South.  A man dressed in camo-style clothing and carrying a briefcase entered the shop and started talking with customers and employees about his military experience.

Customers say the suspect was acting strangely and left the shop without his briefcase.  When employees carried it outside to give it back, the suspect kept walking.  The employees called police.

The bomb squad arrived and blew up the case, which contained guns and ammunition, according to police.

Police say they think they know who the suspect is, but are not releasing his name yet.