A man who allegedly threw a suspicious package into an NYPD van and barricaded himself at Columbus Circle for hours has been charged with reckless endangerment, placing a false bomb and making a terroristic threat, police said.
The overnight incident began when Queens resident Hector Meneses, 52, allegedly threw a hoax device that flashed and made clicking noises into an NYPD van at Times Square, Pix11 reported. The van was then driven to a less densely populated area while the bomb squad investigated the device and determined it was harmless.
The package was found to be a candle, a cylinder with an electrical component and a flashing LED light wrapped in a cloth, ABC7 stated.
Police later encountered the suspect sitting in his car at Columbus Circle around 2:15 a.m., NY1 reported. He refused to exit his vehicle, initiating a standoff with police that lasted until he was taken into custody around 8 a.m. on Thursday.