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Police questioning young man about suspicious packages on UTA Frontrunner trains in Farmington and Provo

Posted at 4:27 PM, Jul 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-07 23:58:58-04

FARMINGTON, Utah -- Police are investigating three suspicious packages that impacted Utah Transit Authority service Saturday.

Late Saturday, UTA Police were talking to a man in his 20's.

They believe he is responsible for placing each of the packages on the trains.

They used surveillance video to identify him.

The packages were boxes wrapped in duct tape.  One contained some paperwork, another had a flashlight with no batteries and the third had some Legos.

“We had individuals on the train today that watched the individual come on to the train, place the package on the train and walk off the train," UTA Police Lt. Paul Nielson said.  "That should be a red flag.  No one should be placing items that are duct taped or taped up in a box and leaving the train.”

UTA Spokesman, Carl Arky, said a UTA cleaning crew found one of the packages on a UTA Frontrunner Train at the Provo Station Saturday afternoon between 2 and 3 p.m.

The cleaning crew removed it from the train and placed it on the platform.

A second package was discovered on another train inbound to Provo, and crews removed that package as well.

At that point, the Provo station was evacuated until a Provo bomb squad and a K-9 unit could search the area.

A third suspicious package was found on a train that arrived at the Farmington Station.

That package was also moved to the platform, and the station evacuated while a Farmington bomb squad with bomb-sniffing dogs checked the area.

Bus bridges had been set up to circumvent both stations, but were lifted when it was determined the packages were not dangerous.

According to Arky, UTA train hosts and cleaning crews will inspect the trains every hour on the hour for the remainder of the weekend.