SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police had placed Miami-Dade College’s Kendall campus on lockdown due to a suspicious person. The lockdown has been lifted.
Officers detained a man at the school after reports of a suspicious person on campus, Wednesday morning.
The tip came in after someone saw a man walking around the area with a contraption sticking out of his backpack that looked like a weapon. Law enforcement declared the incident a false alarm as they discovered an umbrella was the item in question.
Local authorities responded quickly to the alarm and detained the suspect.
“Thankfully, the person that was detained has a bookbag on, a military-style bookbag, that had an umbrella coming out of the bookbag that looked like a rifle,” said Detective Luis Sierra.
He was seen sitting on the sidewalk in handcuffs.
Students and teachers were at the school but classes were not disrupted as the academic year starts next week.
Although there was no cause for panic, the people at the school were grateful that local police responded quickly and police took this incident as an exercise for the real deal.
“You know, this is a new day,” said Juan Mendieta, a spokesperson for the school. “These situations have to be taken seriously. Anybody who has a responsibility protecting children and students has to take this seriously.”
The man had no connection to the college and it is unclear if he has been released yet.
Police are still investigating the area.
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