Breaking: Bomb Planted at Third Church in Las Cruces, NM
Another bomb was planted at a third church in Las Cruces, New Mexico on Friday.
Police were called in to diffuse the bomb.
— Las Cruces Sun-News (@CrucesSunNews) August 15, 2015
Earlier this month bombs exploded minutes apart at two Las Cruces, New Mexico. One bomb went off at Holy Cross Catholic church during mass.
On the scene of a suspicious package found at First Presbyterian Church in Las Cruces. No further updates from LCOD pic.twitter.com/SKYwtFQEBx
— Ryan Hill (@RyanKFOX_CBS) August 14, 2015
The Las Cruces Sun reported:
For the third time in a two-week span, authorities swarmed a Las Cruces church on Friday morning, where a groundskeeper found a suspicious device hidden in a plastic sprinkler box.
The maintenance worker discovered the device about 9:30 a.m. on the grounds of First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Boutz Road, according to the Las Cruces Police Department. The church is across the street from Las Cruces High School.
After the device was reported, Las Cruces police and other law enforcement agencies closed a portion of Boutz Road, between El Paseo Road and South Main Street. The church and several nearby businesses were evacuated, and Las Cruces High was placed on a modified lock down for several hours as authorities worked to determine if the device posed a threat.
About 11:30 a.m., the bomb squad from the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office disabled the device, police reported. “The sheriff’s department bomb squad was able to look at the device and render it safe,” Las Cruces police Chief Jaime Montoya said.
A source close to the investigation said the device was an explosive that was diffused. LCPD would not confirm if the device was an explosive.