- Associated Press - Monday, July 12, 2010

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Police say they are keeping a close eye on a man who walked into a Harrisonburg bank claiming to have an explosive device strapped around his waist.

City police spokeswoman Mary-Hope Vass says employees of the downtown Wachovia Bank were able to walk out unharmed. She says the man is in custody of the Harrisonburg Police Department. A state police bomb squad robot was brought to the scene, and police officers were perched earlier atop surrounding buildings.

Ms. Vass says the incident was reported at 9:18 a.m. Monday. The sheriff’s department, state police, firefighters and rescue officials, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded.

Ms. Vass says she didn’t know if the man was attempting to rob the bank.