KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI- Police used a robot and bomb-sniffing dogs to search a man’s car for explosives on Friday after he walked into a Kansas City federal building and claimed that he was a terrorist.
NBC News reports that the suspect created a scene inside Fletcher Daniels State Office Building around noon by yelling “Why am I on the terrorist watch list?”
According to KansasCity.com, authorities have identified the suspect as Wahed Moharam, known to many Kansas Citians as “helmet man,” once a regular attendee at Chiefs’ games. The Chiefs revoked his tickets out of safety concerns in 2003 because he was in the federal witness protection program after testifying for the government in the first World Trade Center bombing
After the disturbance, police ordered members of the bomb and arson squad to search the Moharam’s vehicle that was located in the buildings parking lot.
A bomb and arson robot opened the trunk of the vehicle and removed a green tarp and spare tire. The robot then started working on opening the driver’s side door at around 3 p.m. ET. Police found a gun in the vehicle. Moharam also told police that he had fertilizer in the trunk of his vehicle.
Because of Moharam’s disturbance, authorities evacuated the federal building, dismissed workers for the day, and closed nearby roads.
For precautionary reasons, the Richard Bolling Federal Building was also evacuated and closed down. Children in the day care center of the building were also evacuated to preapproved off-site location earlier in the day.
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration also issued a temporary flight restriction for downtown Kansas City.