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Suspect in custody after attempted robbery, bomb threat at Chesapeake post office

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Posted at 10:53 AM, Oct 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-30 13:30:46-04

Chesapeake, Va. - A man is now in custody following an attempted robbery and bomb threat at a Chesapeake post office

It happened at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 29. The Emergency Dispatch Center received a call regarding an attempted robbery and bomb threat at the U.S. Post Office located in the 1400 block of N. Battlefield Blvd.

The caller told police that the suspect approached a teller, implied that he had a handgun, and demanded money. When the teller could not provide the money, the suspect then implied the package he entered the office with was a bomb.

The suspect ran away from the building northbound on Battlefield Blvd.

Virginia State Police bomb technicians responded to the scene and deemed the package and the building 'clear and safe'. The suspicious package was detonated as a precaution. It was not a bomb, police say.

At 11:55 a.m. an officer advised she had a suspect in custody at Sams Circle and Coastal Way.

Charles GoodmanThe suspect, identified as 53-year-old Charles Goodman of the 900 block of Mount Pleasant Road, was transported to police headquarters for questioning, police say.

Goodman was charged with attempted robbery, making a bomb threat and making a hoax explosive device.  He is currently being held in the Chesapeake City Jail without bond.

The incident is currently under investigation.