December 18, 2014
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Much of downtown Aspen was evacuated
Wednesday after suspicious packages were found at two banks.
Police said a downtown Wells Fargo Bank discovered a package
with a threatening note at about 2:30 p.m. A nearby Vectra Bank
reported a similar package minutes later.
Authorities ended up evacuating a 16-block area of mostly
businesses and some homes.
The packages were wrapped in Christmas paper and left on top of
pizza boxes in black sleds. The notes indicated a "credible threat
to the community," the Aspen Police Department said in a
Authorities did not elaborate on the contents of the packages or
However, they said a surveillance camera got a photo of a man
leaving the packages. He was described as a white male, 50-60 years
old, wearing a dark beanie with sunglasses and dark shirt.
"Right now we're pursuing leads on who this gentleman is,"
Officer Stephanie Dasaro said.
The FBI is assisting the investigation, Aspen police said.