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Man in custody after police find suspicious package in CdA

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2013, 2:27 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene Police detectives took a 40-year-old man into protective custody today after a suspicious package was found at U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador’s Coeur d’Alene office.

Detectives interviewed the man and determined he needs mental health services, police spokesman Sgt. Christie Wood said. Police have not released the man’s name.

The package, found this morning at 610 Hubbard Ave., Suite 213, contained paperwork and candy suckers, the Spokane bomb squad determined.

The man also had mailed several people working in government at the local, state and federal levels a rambling letter expressing frustration over a parking ticket he received, Wood said.

The same man also was involved in inappropriate contact with a 29-year-old woman who works for the Coeur d’Alene Library, Wood said. The woman filed a stalking report Friday, and the city attorney’s office will consider filing stalking charges against the man.

It does not appear Labrador was singled out for contact, but the package left for him was deemed suspicious because it was bulky, Wood said.

As a precaution, officers advised workers in adjacent offices to evacuate until the situation was resolved.

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