4 p.m. update: The scene has been cleared and the jail has resumed normal operations, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Rodney Grassmann told ABC10.
Grassmann did not respond to requests by The Bee for additional details on the incident.
Original story: The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious vehicle found in the main jail parking garage in downtown Sacramento.
A Volvo sedan that was parked in the garage Saturday had visible wiring, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Rodney Grassmann said.
“The wires didn’t look quite right so we’re going to treat it,” he said.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal officials will dismantle the vehicle to make sure there is no explosive device, Grassmann said.
Officials evacuated the ground floor and basement of the jail — including about 20 civilian employees, Grassmann said.
Officials detained a man, around 50 years old, in connection with the incident, Grassmann said. Charges have not been filed.
Sacramento police have blocked off several streets near the jail “in case something happens,” Grassmann said.
Police later tweeted that all streets had reopened.
Jail inmates were not evacuated but they are on lockdown, Grassmann said.
Angel Hamilton went to visit her boyfriend in jail about 2 p.m. when a Sacramento police officer blocking the street with an SUV and yellow tape told her she couldn’t go in.
“He said an incident happened and I am unable to go through,” said Hamilton, 34 of North Sacramento’s Northgate neighborhood. “It’s scary”
The jail parking garage mostly contains jail vans and employee vehicles, which remain there.