Person of interest in NYC pressure cooker scare in custody

The NYPD took Larry Griffin into custody in connection with the Friday morning bomb scare.
2:08 | 08/17/19

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Now to breaking news. Police say they've taken a person into custody regarding rice cookers. We take it over to Zachary kiesch. This morning investigators are looking at an apartment for clues. These packages impacted thousands of rider. It brought up similar incidents involving explosives, a reminder of the times. Reporter: This morning the NYPD taking into custody the man who allegedly left two suspicious packages on a subway platform. Authorities seen collecting evidence. They say they detained 26-year-old West Virginia native Larry griffin who they called a person of interest. The bomb squad determined the devices were rice cookers. He places the pressure cooker on the upper level and then on the lower level. Obviously we would like to speak to this person. Very short of calling him a suspect. Reporter: The incident closed down several veet streets and crippled train traffic. Police later cleared the area calling the devices a hoax. A third rice cooker was found at another location, the same make and model as confiscated by the police. They're not certain if they're connected. It is the kind of thing we would want to know why is he placing them there and what is the purpose of that. Reporter: Sources tell ABC news griffin who is described as homeless, has been in contact with his relatives. He reportedly told them he found three rice cookers outside a restaurant and took them. In 2016 a pressure cooker outfitted with explosives in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City injured nearly three dozen people. The attacker was later caught and convicted. This all happened around 7:00 A.M. Just as the commute was starting here in New York City yesterday. As I mentioned, just a scary situation and a sign of the times. Indeed. Zachary, thank you. We really appreciate it.

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