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Suspicious vehicle causes evacuations in Dupont Circle neighborhood; man in custody

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WASHINGTON -

A D.C. elementary school was shut down and residents were evacuated after a suspicious car was seen prowling around a Dupont Circle neighborhood Monday afternoon.

It was seen around the 17th and R Streets area.

The older model black Honda Civic hatchback had the word "USA" circled and crossed out on the back and the word "DONE" written underneath. The car's bumper had the phrase: "911 NY: Imperialism SLAMMED!"

Some witnesses say the man driving the car had been yelling similar things. D.C. Police and Secret Service responded. Several streets were blocked off, and the man was handcuffed while his car was searched.

Police found two canisters inside the car. One contained propane; the other gasoline. There was also prescription medication inside.

Residents say at first they were told to stay inside, and then they and students at John W. Ross Elementary School were evacuated. The suspicious car had been parked across the street from the school.

Hours after searching the car, authorities said there was no hazardous threat, but the man remained in custody. It isn't known what the suspect's motive was, if in fact there was one.

No one was injured and the blocked streets were reopened.


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