Viktor & Rolf 'Spicebomb' Cologne Brings Out the SPD Bomb Squad"/>
Not everyone is a fan of men's cologne. Some people are tempted to just throw the crap away. And according to Seattle police, that's exactly what a reportedly "suspicious" man did last night in the 1300 block of Third Avenue, leading to the SPD Arson/Bomb Squad being called out.
How does a bottle of men's cologne result in the bomb squad being called out, you might wonder? The key is in the bottle itself.
According to Seattle police, the cologne in question was dropped into a a public trash receptacle at approximately 6:39 p.m. Monday. An alert citizen witnessed it all go down, and since the cologne in question was held in a bottle that looked like a "pineapple-style" hand grenade, the witness quickly called 911.
From Monday night on the SPD "Blotter" blog:
Tonight at approximately 6:39 p.m. a witness called 911 to report a man dressed in all black clothing dropping what appeared to be a shiny black "pineapple-style" hand grenade into a public trash compactor in the 1300 block of 3rd Avenue. Patrol officers and Arson/Bomb Squad detectives responded to the scene and subsequently shut down the street to all traffic while they investigated further.
Upon further examination, Arson/Bomb Squad detectives were able to determine that the suspicious item was completely harmless, though it was ominous looking from a distance.
The item in question turned out to be a bottle of Viktor & Rolf "Spicebomb" men's cologne (which looks similar to a "pineapple-style" hand grenade). The item will be submitted into evidence for further forensic analysis.
Police say the street was reopened two hours after the incident started, and the cologne-dumping suspect remains "at-large." The suspect is described by police as "a white male with shoulder-length gray/blond hair, last seen wearing all black clothing and carrying a bright green trash bag."
... with shitty taste in cologne.
While it may come as a surprise to some that a man accused of nothing more than throwing away a stupid bottle of cologne could be wanted by police for questioning, Detective Mark Jamieson tells Seattle Weekly that SPD doesn't "have the luxury of ignoring" situations like this.
"We would like to talk to this person and determine what his intent was," says Jamieson. "Obviously there was something about this man's actions that raised suspicion. ... I wouldn't say he's wanted."