AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police arrested a man Wednesday night after they found two PVC pipes underneath a Capital Metro bus seat in the parking lot of a Wal Mart in northeast Austin. Police did not say what was in the pipes but did say they were not bombs.
Police say a Wal Mart security guard saw the man inside a store bathroom. The guard says the man was holding a PVC pipe and was adding something to it. The guard then called police around 9:07 p.m.
By the time police arrived, the man had left the store. Police searched the parking lot and a nearby bus stop. The suspect, 33-year-old Timothy Selmon, was found on a Cap Metro bus. Selmon was arrested and officers found two PVC pipes underneath a seat.
After they found the pipes, officers evacuated the area and called in the APD bomb squad. The bomb squad searched the Wal Mart and found no devices inside the store. The bomb squad determined the PVC pipes were not a threat.
Selmon was taken to Travis County Jail and charged with possession of a hoax device. Police say the man could face more charges – pending their investigation.
CapMetro says the bus stop at the nearby Walmart location is back open. It was closed overnight while officers conducted their investigation.