Pressure Cooker Found In Car Near U.S. Capitol, Owner Arrested

Pressure Cooker Found In Car Near U.S. Capitol, Owner Arrested
Fagor Pressure Cooker Julie Magro / Flickr CC BY 2.0
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A pressure cooker was found in a car near the U.S. Capitol building. A bomb squad was called in to detonate the object. The owner of the car, Israel Shimeles, was arrested in Washington, DC.


A U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman informed that patrolling officers had spotted an abandoned vehicle parked on the National Mall west of the Capitol, the area which was barricaded for a Memorial Day concert.

When police saw an unattended car, they searched the vehicle. When they found a pressure cooker inside it, a bomb squad was called and it was soon detonated.

Shimeles from Alexandria, Virginia, was taken into custody and charged with “operating after revocation.”  He was interrogated at the Capitol Police headquarters. Shimeles was driving without a valid license.

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When officers investigated the car, they found gasoline around the cooker. The cooker was detonated around 7:45 p.m.

Police sources informed that they earlier thought the cooker was a bomb because similar devices were used during the Boston Bombing.

It is not yet clear why Shimeles left the car isolated near the Capitol. Investigation is on and police refused to comment on the details of the object found.

The concert began around 8 p.m. on the western lawn of the Capitol. Hundreds of people gathered. People were a little irritated when police stopped and interrogated them. Gloria Estefan, Gary Sinise and Katherine Jenkins took part in the concert.