UPDATE, 10:15 p.m. Friday
Patrick McAdams, 46, of 5617 Hermitage Drive, was arrested Thursday and booked on a count of terrorizing.
UPDATE, 4 p.m.:
Crime scene and fire personnel remained near the corner of Llanfair and Hermitage drives at 4 p.m. where earlier Thursday a U.S. Postal worker summoned police after she became concerned about a package thrown on the roof of her mail truck. Police determined that there was no explosive device inside the package, but now they're trying to coax a person out of one of the homes. Officers are asking people to stay clear, but there's no official blockade, and the special response team's vehicle just left the scene.
Janet Anthony lives on Hermitage Drive near the scene. She saw officers open a duffel bag that had been thrown on the postal vehicle but said it appeared to be filled with items like trash bags and clothes.
She invited the letter carrier into her home after the incident.
"She was definitely rattled," Anthony said.
She said she recognized the man who threw the bag, though, and said she doesn't know him. Anthony has seen him walking around in the area, often wearing camouflage or heavy winter clothes and carrying a backpack.
Anthony said the heavy police presence is unusual for the neighborhood off North Foster, not far from Baton Rouge Community College.
"This is a quiet neighborhood," she said.
UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Melrose Elementary school remains on lock down, said Adonica Duggan, chief of communications and public relations for the East Baton Rouge School District. She said no children are in the school, just teachers preparing classrooms for the Aug. 10 first day of school.
The school remains on lock down while police try to coax a man out of his home on Hermitage Drive. He is suspected of tossing a suspicious package on top of a U.S. mail truck. Police have determined there were no explosives in the package.
UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: The package did not contain any type of explosive or other dangerous device, said Sgt. Don Coppola Jr.
Baton Rouge police officers are now attempting to coax the man suspected of tossing the package on top of the postal vehicle out of a home on Hermitage Drive, Coppola said.
A postal worker spotted a suspicious package tossed on top of the employee's mail truck Thursday morning in the 5500 block of Hermitage Drive, prompting the Baton Rouge Police Department to send its bomb squad to check the item.
Sgt. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman, said a threat had not been made against the postal worker, but police wanted to check the suspicious package anyway.
"We wanted to take the precautions necessary to make sure it wasn't anything," Coppola said just before noon Thursday. "Those steps are being taken now."
Two nearby schools, Capitol Middle and Melrose Elementary, have been locked down, Coppola said, as police await the results of the investigation. School has not started, though teachers are at the schools getting their classrooms ready for Aug. 10, the first day of school.