UPDATE (Saturday, 10:15 p.m.)
Fairfax County police have cleared the scene of a bomb threat Saturday night in the parking lot of a local store located along Richmond Highway in Fairfax County, south of Old Town Alexandria.
A reportedly "emotionally disturbed" woman had reported she had a bomb, according to FCPD spokeswoman Officer Shelley Broderick. The woman told police she had a bomb in a car parked near the Walgreens store at 6717 Richmond Highway.
"No device was found," Broderick said.
The woman who made the bomb threat was taken by Pentagon Police to a local hospital, according to Lt. Jenard McCormick of the Pentagon Police. No word on her identity. No official word on why Pentagon Police were involved. One person on the scene said he was told that the woman was involved in another incident, possibly in "downtown" D.C.
The incident Saturday afternoon and evening closed Richmond Highway in both directions and the 24-hour Walgreens was evacuated. Walgreens has now reopened.
Roads were reopened at about 9:50 p.m.
UPDATE (Saturday, 10 p.m.)
Fairfax County Police have reopened Richmond Highway as of about 9:50 p.m. according to a spokeswoman. No word on whether the investigation of the bomb threat is concluded.
UPDATE (Saturday, 9:15 p.m.)
Fairfax County Police continue to investigate a bomb threat near the Walgreens store at 6717 Richmond Highway—blocking Richmond Highway in both directions. The road remains closed to traffic about four hours after police first responded to the incident.
Employees of the store were evacuated and phones at the Walgreens are going unanswered. The store is usually open 24 hours. A Rite-Aid directly across the street is open and employees there are keeping tabs on the situation, said employee Nicholas Cistillo.
UPDATE (Saturday, 8:20 p.m.)
An FCPD spokeswoman reported that Richmond Highway is shut down in both directions as police determine the validity of a report of a bomb in a parked car. She was uncertain how long the road will be closed down.
UPDATE (Saturday, 8 p.m.):
A woman who "appears to be emotionally disturbed" has told police she has a bomb in her car, which is parked near a Walgreens at 6717 Richmond Highway, and police are investigating it, according to Officer Shelley Broderick, a spokeswoman for FCPD.
"They have found the vehicle and we have to render the vehicle safe," she said.
The woman recently "had an incident at the Pentagon," Broderick said. She did not elaborate on the nature of the incident.
Broderick said that all roads are open near the scene.
Officers from the Fairfax County Police Department said they're investigating a bomb threat Saturday afternoon in a parking lot near the Walgreens store at 6717 Richmond Highway, in the Groveton area south of Old Town Alexandria.
FCPD spokeswoman Shelley Broderick said the department responded to the area after receiving a report of a man threatening to have a bomb. At just after 5:30 p.m., FCPD was bringing one of its bomb-sniffing dogs to the area, she said.
Fairfax County police cruisers and orange cones now surround the parking lot near the Walgreens store.
A call to the store resulted in several rings and a high-pitched sound, with no one answering the phone and no recordings. A manager at the Walgreens down the road, at 7629 Richmond Highway, said he had not heard from the other store.
Patch will update the story as more information becomes available.