Patrick Osborn

Bomb Scare Prompts 5-Hour Lockdown at Kemah Walmart

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(KEMAH, TX) — A man was in custody Saturday after he allegedly showed up at a Walmart in Kemah with “unknown devices” strapped to his body to look like explosives, prompting a five-hour lockdown at the store.

It all started around 9 a.m. when Kemah police received a call about a suspicious man who was wielding a knife in a car and wearing a mask. Witnesses said the man drove into a Target parking lot, but officers found his unoccupied vehicle outside the Walmart on FM 518 near Highway 146.

Officers waited at the car for the man to return. When they confronted him, he allegedly had unknown devices attached to his body and in his pockets.

The suspect was put into the back of a patrol car, and workers and customers were placed on lockdown, while the parking lot was evacuated.

According to police, bomb squads and back-up officers from Texas City, Baytown, La Porte, and Pasadena responded to assist.

Investigators finally cleared the scene and allowed customers leave the store around 2 p.m.

Mehrzad Malekzadeh, 35, of Sugar Land, was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and hoax bomb, both Class A misdemeanors. Bond was set at a total of $5,000.

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