Two arrests in Jacksonville airport closure, one “destructive device” found; Update: Suspect identified

posted at 8:01 am on October 2, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

No one is quite sure yet what happened last night at the Jacksonville airport last night, but two arrests have been made, and at least one “destructive device” has been found.  Security shut down the airport for several hours and evacuated it while dealing with two suspicious packages, one of which may have been the real thing:

The Jacksonville International Airport was shut down for several hours after authorities found two suspicious packages — one they said was destructive — that led to an evacuation.

There was no immediate word early Wednesday about arrests and travelers were advised to check with their airlines regarding flight information.

The airport was evacuated around 6 p.m. Tuesday after police found a suspicious package in the terminal and another in a nearby parking garage. It reopened just before 11 p.m.

During a late-night news conference, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesman Shannon Hartley said one of the packages “had some destructive nature” and was taken offsite. He did not elaborate.

“Some destructive nature” is about as ambiguous as it gets.  The local NBC station is less ambiguous about the arrest, but still unclear as to what happened:

Stewart and Hartley held another news conference. Hartley said a device had to be taken off site to be rendered safe by the JSO bomb squad. Hartley also said the “device certainly had some destructive nature to it.”

Stewart said one of the devices was found near the TSA checkpoint. Hartley said another device did not need to be taken off site to be rendered safe.

Stewart and Hartley would still not confirm if anyone was in custody or if any arrests have been made.

Stewart said the airport is considered open and they are in the process of bringing back airport and TSA employees. The closure of the airport resulted in the cancellation of 18 flights, four delayed flights and one diverted flight.

Their video report attached to the story was from when the shutdown and evacuation was in progress:

We’ll update as more details arise. This looks like it might take a while to unravel.

Update: According to WOKV, only one of the arrests was directly related to the threat.  Police have named that suspect:

Police have arrested 39-year-old Zeljko Causevic and charged him with making a bomb threat and manufacture or delivery of a mail hoax bomb. JIA says one other person has been arrested for resisting arrest without violence but we’re told that’s not related to the bomb threat incident.

Sounds like a stunt.


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…it’s the Republicans fault!

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2013 at 8:03 AM

…you think a couple of TSA employee’s were miffed… they didn’t get a paid furlough?

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Cripe

cmsinaz on October 2, 2013 at 8:06 AM

When will all this workplace violence stop?

philw1776 on October 2, 2013 at 8:10 AM

OT…bomb/package found on road…leading to Sea World… this AM too!

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Those damn Southern Baptists – at it again!

crrr6 on October 2, 2013 at 8:17 AM

I did a search for the word “incodent” and stared at the page for a while before I realized it was a typo.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 2, 2013 at 8:18 AM

It was a nail clipper with the words “Here comes the boom!” etched on the side.

Bishop on October 2, 2013 at 8:18 AM

last night at the Jacksonville airport last night

Need more coffee!

EliTheBean on October 2, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Should have realized it from the word “offocoal.”

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 2, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Morning in Murica

Trip to the local drive-thru, turn radio on, hear about some bombing thingy, turn off radio (too depressing), never think about the news again today.

Repeat every day as necessary.

PappyD61 on October 2, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Test run for A Deeper Blue scenario?

clear ether

eon

eon on October 2, 2013 at 8:22 AM

This is what happens when the TSA doesn’t grope teenage girls and ignore the blue-haired, elderly tourists from Kansas, those people sneak bombs in to kill us all.

Do you want to die? No? Then shut up when the homely, overweight TSA dude squeezes your wife’s yabos to make sure they aren’t actually blocks of gelignite.

Bishop on October 2, 2013 at 8:26 AM

The names of those arrested?

BuckeyeSam on October 2, 2013 at 8:27 AM

OT…bomb/package found on road…leading to Sea World… this AM too!

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Free Willy!

Shy Guy on October 2, 2013 at 8:27 AM

The names of those arrested?

BuckeyeSam on October 2, 2013 at 8:27 AM

…they aren’t from the Tea Party?

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2013 at 8:29 AM

OT…bomb/package found on road…leading to Sea World… this AM too!

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Just random acts…unless we can fabricate a Tea Party narrative </spin-BrianScott_TSA_PresstituteOrgans>

Steve Eggleston on October 2, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Technical note – the teaser pic doesn’t seem to be registering. I think there’s a few extra characters after the “.jpg”.

Steve Eggleston on October 2, 2013 at 8:31 AM

I just flew in and out of that airport last week. It’s a lovely medium-sized airport and one would not think it would be a target for explosive devices.

Maybe that’s the lesson here? Watch out wherever you go?

manateespirit on October 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Detail is so sketchy I am suspicious of a prank or government incompetence.

MaiDee on October 2, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Sequester! Republicans want people to blow up our airports. Damn them. Burn them!

/Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Schumer, et al

Key West Reader on October 2, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Zeljko Causevic

Sounds like the 3rd cousin twice removed of the Boston Bomber.

Shy Guy on October 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

I’ll assume this is in Florida and not some other Jacksonville in another state. It’s such a hotbed of rednecks in the Jax in Florida. Maybe they missed the newest episode of DD.

Kissmygrits on October 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Technical note – the teaser pic doesn’t seem to be registering. I think there’s a few extra characters after the “.jpg”.

Steve Eggleston on October 2, 2013 at 8:31 AM

It looks like this in Properties;

http://hotair.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/jax-arrest.jpgHmmm.

Oops.

cheers

eon

eon on October 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Subtract the Hmmm. and you can see it;

http://hotair.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/jax-arrest.jpg

;-)

cheers

eon

eon on October 2, 2013 at 9:09 AM

I did a search for the word “incodent” and stared at the page for a while before I realized it was a typo.

Attila (Pillage Sage) on October 2, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Okay, I did, too. You’d think autocorrect would have got that one and changed it to something like “incontinence”. The little mice who programmed autocorrect had a lot of fun slipping in strange word replacements and suggestions.

Oh, and this is my surprised face at the “incident”. 8-[

Fallon on October 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

I’ll assume this is in Florida and not some other Jacksonville in another state. It’s such a hotbed of rednecks in the Jax in Florida. Maybe they missed the newest episode of DD.

Kissmygrits on October 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Now wait a minute. This is my hometown.

We are proud of our rednecks but during my last visit there I do believe it has been overrun by Yankees. The luxury cars outnumber the pickups now so there is a seachange going on in Jacksonville.

Maybe it has something to do with Jersey Shore or some other Yankee nonsense.

manateespirit on October 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Jacksonville’s a blue city.

“There’s your problem.”

Skywise on October 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Manateespirit
my brother was born there. Spent a lot of time there visiting relatives and going to a football game. Something smells fishy with this story. Why a hoax and not the real thing.

Kissmygrits on October 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM

MSNBC has a poll up:

Who/What do you blame for the JAX closure?

1. Sequester
2. Shutdown
3. GOP Obstructionism
4. TEA Party
5. Sarah Palin
6. AR 15
7. White Males in General
8. Bush
9. Racism
10. FL for Being in the South

mankai on October 2, 2013 at 9:37 AM

“Destructive device” is about as informative as “assault weapon”.

David Blue on October 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM

One of my buddies works for homeland security.

He is not “fuloughed” – Obama is forcing him to work for NO PAY and he is NOT allowed to moonlight to earn money elsewhere to pay his bills.

Doesn’t Obama give a shirt about the 13th amendment?

HondaV65 on October 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

JIA says one other person has been arrested for resisting arrest without violence but we’re told that’s not related to the bomb threat incident.

How can that be if resisting arrest is the only charge? Do police have access to psychics who can see the future?

Fenris on October 2, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Where is Bill Ayers?

ctmom on October 2, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Doesn’t Obama give a shirt about the 13th amendment?

HondaV65 on October 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Hah.

He doesn’t give 2 shirts and a tux for the entire constitution.

“the Constitution is a document of limited government rights…it says nothing about what the government can do on your behalf.”

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on October 2, 2013 at 10:06 AM

I just flew in and out of that airport last week. It’s a lovely medium-sized airport and one would not think it would be a target for explosive devices.

Maybe that’s the lesson here? Watch out wherever you go?

manateespirit on October 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Jacksonville, FL is home to two major military bases (Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Mayport Naval Station), and Kings Bay Submarine Base is right up the road. Jacksonville Airport, while medium size, has a high number of military personnel flying in and out of there on commercial flights.

I’m not saying that this was the motivation, but to a evil doer that can’t access one of the military bases, the airport is a tempting target and easier to accomplish.

Renee on October 2, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Doesn’t Obama give a shirt about the 13th amendment?

HondaV65 on October 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

No. But since he doesn’t care about the rest of the Constitution either, by his own lights he’s being perfectly consistent.

The sort of “consistency” that brought King John to Runnymede, whether he wanted to be there or not. And he didn’t;

Magna Carta

clear ether

eon

eon on October 2, 2013 at 10:09 AM

The name is Bosnian. Bosnia is largely Muslim. What are the chances that this guy is a Bosnian Muslim?

maryo on October 2, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Doesn’t Obama give a shirt about the 13th amendment?

HondaV65 on October 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Having second thoughts about voting for him?

slickwillie2001 on October 2, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I was just there on Friday, glad this didn’t happen then. Interesting name of the guy they arrest. Friends of the Boston Bombers?

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2013 at 10:24 AM

According to the latest, it was a hoax.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2013 at 10:36 AM

OK, I just read the hoax update. Children can understand the serious nature of going through a TSA line and not uttering any word that can be construed as dangerous. I can only imagine, unless this dude is of a very low cognitive level (but then he would not be at the airport without a caregiver), that this was on purpose.
So then, because our government is too stupid to ask the question, what was the purpose?
Just to close down the airport? Not likely.

ORconservative on October 2, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Sounds like a fellow traveler of the Tsarnaevs from one of the stans?

And I’d like to know, did a TSA agent discover the bomb? If so, it’s their first “get” in over 10 years.

PattyJ on October 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM

The only bomb in J-ville is the Jags, lol…

abobo on October 2, 2013 at 11:35 AM