Prescott Valley stores re-opening after bomb threat; police seek person of interest
UPDATE AS OF 1:30 P.M.
Prescott Valley Police have begun allowing stores to re-open in the shopping center.
UPDATE AS OF 12:3O P.M.:
The Arizona Department of Public Safety Bomb Squad Technicians arrived at The Home Depot located 5500 E State Route 69 and quickly located the possible device inside of store. At about 12:25 PM the bomb technician team recovered a small nylon carry on style case from inside of the store and rendered the device safe. The bomb technician teams are completing an extensive storewide check for additional devices.
Road and business closures are still in effect until the final security check has been completed.
UPDATE AS OF 12 P.M.:
Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a person of interest in regards to this incident. He is described as a white male possibly 50-60 years of age, about 5'-10" to 5'-11", about 225 pounds, with blondish collar length hair, wearing rose colored glasses, a tan Carhartt jacket, blue jeans, light blue button-up shirt. (See photo.)
INFO FROM PRESCOTT VALLEY POLICE:
Monday, November 30, about 8:20 a.m., Prescott Valley Home Depot reported receiving a bomb threat. The store manager reported that a male subject came into the store and made a bomb threat before exiting the store. The manager immediately notified the Prescott Valley Police Department, which quickly took evacuation measures of Home Depot and the surrounding businesses.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety Bomb Squad was summoned and is responding to the scene to assist. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and Prescott Valley Public Works Department are assisting with road closures while this incident is being investigated.
Adjacent roadways to Home Depot are temporarily closed while the incident is being investigated:
1. Sundog Ranch Road from State Route 69.
2. Market Street at Sun Dog Ranch Road is closed.
3. All entrances to Home Depot or the Crossings in the Home Depot shopping center are temporarily closed.
PRESCOTT VALLEY - Authorities have confirmed that the Home Depot and other stores in the Prescott Valley shopping center are currently closed due to police investigation of a bomb threat. All traffic entering the complex has been blocked.
There are reports that the Prescott Valley Home Depot store, located at 5500 E. State Route 69, received a bomb threat early Monday morning, Nov. 30.
Home Depot and police have not confirmed the reason for the closure.
"All associates and customers have been evacuated and are safe," said Destiny King, District Manager for Home Depot. "The whole shopping center is blocked off at the this point...Subway, Verizon, Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby."
Drivers are asked to avoid the area until further notice.
Sheriff's deputies are assisting PVPD with traffic control.