Syracuse man charged with taping fake bomb to door of area restaurant

A Syracuse man is arrested after police say he taped a fake bomb to the front door of an area restaurant.

The manager of Panini's Restaurant on 222 Harrison Street called police at about 4 pm Thursday to report that a suspect had taped a device to the front door, and that the device resembled a bomb.

The suspect, 42-year-old Glennard McNeill, left the scene before police arrived.

Officers closed down the street and sidewalks to investigate the device, and a description of McNeill was sent out to all area officers. An officer working near the Centro hub spotted McNeill on the 600 block of South Warren Street and took him into custody.

Investigators say the device was an imitation bomb, which consisted of a CO2 cartridge with a large firecracker taped to it. McNeill was found with another firecracker and the same tape used on the device when he was taken into custody.

McNeill was arrested and charged with placing a false bomb. He was lodged in the Onondaga County Justice Center.

The road and sidewalks were closed for about 30 minutes as police investigated.

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