Washington state man arrested in suspicious package cases

Fort Belvoir is roughly 23 miles from Washington

A 43-year-old man was arrested in Everett on Tuesday in connection with a series of suspicious packages sent to military installations in Washington D.C.

A law enforcement official told CBS News that authorities in Washington State arrested the suspect, who will likely appear in court later on Tuesday.

It is also unclear whether each facility randomly found suspicious packages or whether an alert was sent out after one was found to be suspicious.

The other packages were later deemed to be safe but no further information was available on what they contained.

Officials have not confirmed how many packages were discovered, but media reports indicate as many as six packages were intercepted and seized by law enforcement officials.

One package caused the evacuation of Fort McNair, where it later "tested positive for explosive residue", Reuters says.

The building was evacuated and later cleared around 1:15pm.

In a statement, an Army spokesman said a suspicious package was received at the National Defense University at 8:30 a.m. Monday on the grounds of Fort McNair.

It was not clear what led authorities to deem the packages suspicious. "No injuries are reported". This incident is now under investigation and we refer all queries to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, ' Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza said to CNN. "This incident is now under investigation and we refer all queries to the Federal Bureau of Investigation", Baldanza said.

According to the accounts, the sites included Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the district and at Fort Belvoir, in Virginia.

The FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service also are working to see whether any other suspicious packages might be moving through the mail to other potential targets in the Washington D.C. area.

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