PERRY, NY - A New York State Police bomb squad was called to an apartment house on 60 Covington Street early Sunday morning after Perry Police responding to an earlier call found what they describe as "an active incendiary device."
Police were initially called to the apartment house at about 3:30 a.m. by a woman living in the building, who said she was locked out of her apartment by the man with whom she lived, and that the man had threatened to harm himself.
When police arrived, they determined that the male occupant was in need of medical attention. After he had been taken by ambulance to Wyoming County Community Hospital, police said they found what appeared to be a bomb and called in the State Police explosives experts.
They immediately evacuated the building.
"I was shaking," said Tammy Boswell, who lives in the upstairs apartment. "I was scared."
Tephanie Dovolos, who lives in the neighboring apartment, has a newborn baby. She said police quickly packed a diaper bag for her as she scrambled to leave.
"It brought me [to] tears because all of my belongings are in here," Dovolos said.
But that's not all. Residents of the apartment house said firefighters told them there was a natural gas leak inside the suspect's apartment. Residents do not believe the leak was accidental.
"And [the suspect] knows that I have a kid because we used to talk to him just because he was a neighbor," Dovolos said. "So, he knows I have a baby, so for him to even try to do that is unbelievable. Scary."
Police would not confirm whether the suspect had intentionally opened a gas line. Police have not identified him because they still have not charged him, but said charges are pending.