Arrest made in alleged threat against Metro that prompted Alexandria evacuation

An Alexandria man has been arrested after he allegedly made threats against a Metro station Wednesday night, causing hundreds of people to be evacuated from their homes.

Henock Seyoum Pastoor, 27, has been charged with making threats to bomb or damage buildings or means of transportation, Metro Transit Police said Thursday.

It started around 8:30 p.m. when Metro Transit Police and Alexandria police responded to what they called a suspicious package investigation in the 1700 block of Dogwood Drive at the Terrace Townhouses of Beverly Hills Condominiums. The complex is not far from North Quaker Lane.

Police closed several roads, including Crestwood Drive and Oakcrest Drive, as helicopters and K-9 dogs were brought in.

About 200 evacuated residents went to a safe zone that police created at the CVS at Fairlington Centre on North Quaker Lane, with buses being used for shelter.

After officers surrounded Pastoor’s home during the search, he was arrested, Metro Transit Police said.

On Thursday, police said that “nothing dangerous to the community was found.”

WTOP’s Rick Massimo contributed to this report.

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