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Bomb found in abandoned suitcase at Port Authority

A man was arrested after he returned to the terminal and asked about the suitcase.
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A man was arrested Wednesday after police say he planted a crudely made explosive device at the Port Authority Bus Terminal during rush hour in Midtown Manhattan.

Port Authority Police noticed the luggage at 5:15 p.m. in the terminal's south wing inside the Deli Plus eatery. The device was removed without incident and brought to a location in the Bronx. It was later detonated by police.

The NYPD said the the suitcase contained what appeared to be a "flash-bang grenade," a knife, bolt cutters and screw drivers. They also found a fuse assembly, a cardboard tube and black gun powder.

Arsenio Mason, 39, of Jersey City, New Jersey, was arrested at 8 p.m., after he returned to the terminal and asked about the suitcase. He matched the description of the man seen on surveillance video leaving the suitcase at the deli, police said.

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Mason was carrying methamphetamine in a pipe when he was taken into custody, police said.

He faces charges of possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Mason is considered a fugitive after violating parole in Californiaand leaving the state, police said. He also has criminal offenses in Oregon, Alaska and Washington.

A judge remanded Mason to jail without bail because of his fugitive status. His attorney declined to comment on the charges when asked by the Reuters news agency.

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