By Mary O’KEEFE
An incident involving a suspicious briefcase that was left on the Foothill (210) Freeway crossover bridge on Rosemont Avenue ended at about 7:30 p.m. on Monday when the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Arson/Explosive Unit (Bomb Squad) rendered the area safe.
During the investigation a robot was deployed to approach the bag. When the robot malfunctioned, bomb squad officers suited up in protective gear. They assessed the package and found that it was not an explosive device.
The incident began about 5 p.m. when California Highway Patrol contacted LASD at the Crescenta Valley Station after an informant reported a suspicious briefcase left at the freeway overpass on Rosemont Avenue just south of Altura Avenue.
The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Department cordoned off the area restricting access on Rosemont between Prospect and Mayfield avenues. Traffic was restricted, however residents were not evacuated.
“The way [the briefcase] was positioned is like it was purposely set there, which is why we are taking these precautions,” said Lt. Angela Shepherd of the CV Sheriff’s Station.
The briefcase was set between the railing and the fence on the bridge.
During the investigation, the entrances to the 210 freeway at La Crescenta Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard were shut down and traffic was held on the freeway until Bomb Squad officers rendered the area safe.