FINDS GRENADE DURING SEARCH OF MIAMI APARTMENT
Residents Evacuated; Grenade
Turns Out To Be Dud
10:42 am EDT July 14, 2006
MIAMI -- Residents of a Miami
apartment complex were forced to evacuate Thursday night after officials found a hand grenade in a man's apartment.
Service was searching an apartment on Southwest 12th Street
and Third Avenue when they found the grenade.
the cops on the second floor and they told me we had to evacuate," resident Nico Theodoru said.
Service called in the Miami Police Department's bomb squad for assistance. The hand grenade turned out to be a dud.
the bomb squad retrieved this hand grenade, or what appears to be a hand grenade, it's actually a dud. It had a hole drilled
at the bottom," said Willie Moreno of the Miami Police Department.
said police were inside apartment 207, which belongs
to Alvah Lavar Fortham.
also told NBC 6 they saw police searching Fortham's pickup truck in the building garage.
which has a Florida license plate and a foreign license
plate, is decorated with American flag stickers and a Department of Homeland Security decal.
like an average guy. Not suspicious," said neighbor Massimo Lovario. "I saw the plate, the Muslim plate or whatever it is
(on his truck). I never think about anything like this."
would not say why they were in Fortham's apartment or if he is in custody.
Service would not comment on the case. The agency is in charge of protecting the president, but NBC 6's Tom Llamas reported
they also investigate counterfeiting and bank fraud.