Bomb squad: suspicious package left in bank is harmless

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland police bomb squad responded to a suspicious package at a bank in Northwest Portland Monday morning. The package turned out to be harmless.

It happened at the Chase Bank at 1035 NW Lovejoy Street at about 9:30 a.m., police said.

Bank workers said a man ran in, dropped a suspicious package inside the bank and then fled the area. Police called the bomb squad while they evacuated the bank and nearby businesses.

Police said bomb technicians examined the package and said it contained clothing, papers and garbage.

Police described the suspect as a white male 45 to 50 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 to 190 pounds with a "scruffy face" and wearing a beanie-style cap.

He was wearing a heavy backpack and was last seen walking northbound on NW11th Avenue, investigators said.

Police closed traffic from NW 10th to NW 12th avenues and from Kearny to Marshall streets during the investigation but reopened the streets after the package was deemed harmless.