Fire teams block off Anapamu Street in front of the police annex building.

Paul Wellman

Fire teams block off Anapamu Street in front of the police annex building.

Suspicious Package Came From Mentally Ill Orange County Resident

A suspicious package that arrived at an East Anapamu Street police annex building on Tuesday and prompted an evacuation and street closure was sent by a mentally ill person living in Orange County who won’t be charged with any crimes, said police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood. The package, delivered to a detective, contained an unknown liquid and a letter that referenced terrorism and poisoning, Harwood said. The detective received a similar letter from the same unidentified Tustin resident last week. The liquid turned out to be a common chemical substance and not a hazardous material, Harwood said. The scare prompted a large, six-hour response that scrambled a hazmat team, police personnel, and crews from the Santa Barbara, Carpinteria/Summerland, and Montecito fire departments.

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