Bomb squads are reportedly on the scene of a New Britain bank and at the home of one of the bank’s executives
A main road in New Britain, Conn. is closed and police have placed area schools on lockdown after police said they’re investigating a “serious incident.” Local media are reporting that there’s a bomb threat involving Achieve Federal Credit Union, which police, a SWAT team, a bomb squad and the FBI have surrounded.
Authorities converge on New Britain bank
According to Fox CT, officials have closed Route 72 at exit 7 in New Britain and placed some area schools on lockdown. They have also evacuated the buildings that are around the bank that appears to be at the center of the incident, which is believed to be a bomb threat of some sort. According to WFSB, witnesses said they saw someone who may have had a bomb. A resident of the area reported seeing wires coming from the chest of the suspect.
When media asked police if there was a hostage situation, New Britain Captain Thomas Speck would only say, “We do believe we have the area secured.” Multiple law enforcement agencies are on the scene, and police are not releasing any information right now.
Home in Bristol surrounded
In addition to the bank where the bomb threat was reported, Connecticut State Police also said they surrounded a home in nearby Bristol. A bomb squad is also reportedly on the scene of that home. The assessor’s office in Bristol lists the home as belonging to Matthew Yussman, whose social media accounts indicate that he is the chief financial officer of Achieve Federal Credit Union.
Police have confirmed to local media that the two incidents are related. The schools that are in lockdown are Ivy Drive Elementary and Northeast Middle School in Bristol and Noah Wallace School and Miss Porter’s School in Farmington. Police said they believe Miss Farmer’s Schools is somehow related to the incidents and is under “soft lockdown” at this time.