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UPDATED: Suspicious package left outside of KTVQ

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

Billings police say the tote left in front of KTVQ's building downtown did not contain a hoax device or incendiary device.

According to Lieutenant Brandon Wooley the suspect who left the tote in front of the building is a 40 year-old man who suffers from mental health issues.

Wooley says the man was a fan of Star Wars.

The objects inside the tote were his homemade light sabers, and told police he had no intention to disrupt or cause harm. 

He says he left the tote there because he felt his property would be safest in front of the building's cameras. 

Wooley says that man has since been transported to billings clinic for mental health care treatment.


According to Sergeant Tony Jensen of the Billings Police Department, a suspicious package was left on the northeast step of the KTVQ building at 3203 3rd Ave N.

Jensen says before 5 pm on Oct. 29, a suspicious man left a plastic tote in front of the KTVQ building. The tote contained various household items and what appeared to be possible improvised explosive devices, Jensen says.

Sgt. Jensen says staff confronted the man, and he made some odd comments about why he was at the secured entrance. His activity was deemed suspicious enough to bring in the Billings police bomb technicians.

The techs arrived at the scene to make sure there were no explosives in the container and used the bomb squad robot to evaluate the container.

The experts determined that none of the devices were actual bombs, Jensen says. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the FBI are assisting BPD with the investigation.

The suspect is described as tall, slender, and dark-skinned wearing a black hoodie according to Sgt. Jensen. 

The investigation is still ongoing. 

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