TUE JAN 23, 2018 | ABOUT 3 HOURS AGO | POSTED IN: DUMB CRIME | SOURCE
Hours of tension over a suspicious package at the Slidell post office came to a surprising and nasty end Friday night (Jan. 19) when authorities found about 70 pounds of human waste inside the box, police said.
A man who left the box behind and ran away intended to mail the package to a federal agency out of state, Slidell Police spokesman Detective Daniel Seuzeneau said. He would not identify the federal agency.
The man, a Slidell area resident who was not named by police, was found by investigators and taken to a hospital for mental evaluation, Seuzeneau said.
The incident began to unfold around 4 p.m. when the man, carrying a large box, walked into the post office at 1950 Second St. in Olde Town. When workers questioned him about the package, the man ran away and left it behind, Seuzeneau said.
Police were called, and authorities cordoned off streets surrounding the post office.
At about 7 p.m., police said the package apparently was not an explosive but that authorities were still taking necessary precautions.
A bomb squad and robot were brought in and the package was X-rayed.
Inside, authorities found containers of feces, Seuzeneau said. "I can't make this stuff up," he said of the surprise ending to the drama.