Crime & Courts

Woman arrested after Kansas bomb squad shoots water at package addressed to police

Robin Carol Stewart
Robin Carol Stewart Courtesy Photo

A woman was arrested after a suspicious package addressed to local police shut down a Kansas post office.

Officers were called to the Salina post office at 9:24 a.m. on Tuesday for a suspicious package that possibly contained a bomb, the Salina Police Department said in a Facebook post. The post office and surrounding area were evacuated while a Riley County Police Department bomb squad removed the package.

"The package was placed in a safe location and a water shot was used to disrupt the package," the post said. "The package was found to be inert but it was designed to simulate an explosive device."

The package was an envelope with wires sticking out of it, KSAL reported. It was addressed to the police department and was found on the floor of the post office lobby, AP reported.

Robin Carol Stewart, 56, of Salina, was arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion of aggravated criminal threat, criminal use of explosives and interference with the conduct of public business in public buildings, the post said.

The United States Postal Inspection Service, Kansas Highway Patrol and other federal agencies assisted in the investigation, the post said.