EUGENE, Ore. — Several businesses and the hospital near the University of Oregon were on lock down Sunday afternoon while police investigated a bomb scare.
University police say an employee saw a man walking west on 13th Avenue near Johnson Hall just after 4 p.m. The employee reported he was carrying what looked like a suspicious device and was yelling at people.
Police caught up with Immanuel Williams, 28, of Eugene near 13th Avenue and Alder Street and advised all businesses in the area to shut down as a precaution. Officers say when they first approached the Williams, he wasn’t compliant. When an officer drew his gun, Williams cooperated.
Police discovered the suspicious device was a cell phone charger. They say he had the cord tucked into his sleeve and had the other end pointed out acting like it was a detonator. Williams was arrested, cited and taken to the hospital for mental evaluation.