Tuesday, November 06, 2001

Suspicious-car report leads to evacuations

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Hundreds of downtown Cincinnati office workers were evacuated from several buildings around Fourth and Walnut streets Monday afternoon after somebody reported a suspicious car outside.

        But police found nothing when they broke open the trunk of the silver Dodge Intrepid, which was parked on Fourth Street. It was towed away about 2 p.m.

        Employees, who stood outside for about an hour, were allowed back in about 2:30 p.m.

        The incident began when somebody called 911 to say that three Arab-looking men with walkie-talkies had jumped out of the car and sped away in a van.

        Police later found one of the men they believe left the scene. He was identified by the FBI as Jerry Jimenez, who is Hispanic. Police charged him with possession of criminal tools after they found a crowbar, Halloween mask, gloves, flashlights and road maps in the vehicle he was renting.


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