Police redirect the public away from the Portland Transportation Center
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland Transportation Center on Thompson's Point Road has been reopened after a bomb threat brought all travel there to a standstill.
The center is a hub for both the Downeaster train and the Concord Coach bus service.
Police say a man walked up to workers during the morning rush and told them he had a bomb in his backpack. Employees called 9-1-1 and when police arrived he was eventually taken into custody. A search of his backpack revealed nothing but household items, according to Portland chief Mike Sauschuck
The center was evacuated and a bomb team ran a sweep of the building to make sure it was safe.
It took be a couple of hours before the check was completed, so passengers had nothing to do in the meantime but wait.
The suspect has been identified as 44 year old Rodney Jewell of Portland. He has been charged with terrorizing, false public alarm, and refusing to submit to arrest.