An arrest has been made in connection with the discovery of a suspicious package found Tuesday morning at the Salina Post Office.
According to a media release from the Salina Police Department, officeres were dispatched to the Post Office, 211 E. Ash, at 9:24 a.m. in regards to an unidentified package that possibly contained a bomb.
The Postal Service and surrounding area were immediately evacuated. Upon request, the Riley County Police Department Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) responded and removed the package. The package was placed in a safe location and a water shot was used to disrupt the package. The package was found to be inert, but it was designed to simulate an explosive device.
A coordinated response from several agencies including the United States Postal Inspection Service, Kansas Highway Patrol, and other Federal agencies assisted in the investigation that ultimately led to the arrest of Robin Carol Stewart, a 56-year-old female from Salina. On Tuesday evening, a search warrant was executed at Stewart’s residence and additional evidence was collected.
Stewart was arrested without incident on requested charges of aggravated criminal threat, criminal use of explosives, and interference with the conduct of public business in public buildings.
“We appreciate the cooperation and support of all agencies that assisted in this investigation and particularly the public for their patience and support,” the department said in the release.
The investigation is still ongoing.