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James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — The Guardian Building was evacuated for several hours Friday in the city’s downtown due to a suspicious package left behind by a masked man, according to police.

Police Chief James Craig.

At about 9:30 a.m., the masked man exited an older model black Jeep Cherokee, 2001 or thereabouts, and left a suspicious, shoebox-sized metal package with an ominous message: open me. It was left on Griswold between Woodward and Congress.

The package was noticed about 10 minutes later by a Detroit police officer working a second job.

The SUV had an amber light on top, like a construction vehicle. Cops are now looking to pull more surveillance video to get a plate number.

“There was some noise associated with the package,” Detroit Police James Craig said.

At about 9:30 a.m., the masked man exited an older model black Jeep Cherokee, 2001 or thereabouts, and left a suspicious, shoebox-sized metal package with an ominous message: open me. It was left on Griswold between Woodward and Congress.

The Guardian Building, the headquarters of Wayne County government, was soon evacuated, and streets near the area were blocked off near the building at 500 Griswold.

Police moved the package to an undisclosed secondary location but will continue sweeping the area downtown area.

The package has since been detonated, police said. Detroit Police Officer Dan Danikowski said he was not sure the exact contents of the package, but that it “was not an actual explosive device.”

The Detroit Fire Department’s hazardous materials unit was also parked at Fort and Griswold.

Roads near Guardian were reopened by noon, and the building was opened just a few minutes later.

The Guardian Building was evacuated in the city’s downtown Friday due to a suspicious package.

jdickson@detroitnews.com