After a terrifying incident Monday morning, the Oregon State Police have arrested a suspect who they believed dangled two backpacks from the Lewis and Clark Bridge in Rainier, Oregon.
The bridge was shut down for four hours when they received a call around 10 a.m. Witnesses saw an elderly man with a gray beard begin tying backpacks to the bridge.
Originally, reports said that the police had found three backpacks, but later they only identified two dangling about 75 feet down from the bridge.
The police arrested 61-year-old Samuel Abram Owen who is from Rainier.
The Oregon State Police bomb squad used their robot to detonate the backpacks in hopes that they didn't find explosives. Fortunately, there were no explosives.
In the bags, police found clothes, switchblades, and other personal items.
"It's just hard to come up with a reasonable explanation for why somebody would lower a couple of backpacks, about 50 pounds, from the bridge," Sgt. Luke Schwartz said.
The bridge was opened at around 2:25 p.m. which left hundreds of people stuck in traffic for hours. The incident prompted officials to block 500 yards from the bridge.
Owen was arrested for 1st-degree disorderly conduct and possession of methamphetamine. He was booked at the Columbia County Jail.
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