Cops swarm Aspen after bomb scare at two banks

David Heald was doing his routine pickups for the Sentinel Express delivery service when he encountered an unusual scene in downtown Aspen.

Heald was making a pickup at Alpine Bank, 119 Airport Business Center, shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday when a bank manager told him there had been a bomb scare at one of the local banks.

The Aspen Police Department evacuated Wells Fargo Bank, 119 S. Mill St., and Vectra Bank, 534 E. Hyman, as well as the two-block radius around the banks.

Each bank reported receiving a “suspicious package with a note,” according to the Aspen Police Department.

“There were people just filling the streets,” Heald said. “There were cops coming from everywhere.”

The Grand Junction Police Department bomb squad was called to assist at the scene, said Kate Porras, Grand Junction police spokeswoman.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Aspen-Pitkin County Communications Center received calls that Wells Fargo and Vectra Bank had received packages with threatening notes, the Aspen Police Department said.

As of Wednesday evening, it wasn’t clear whether the packages received at the banks contained explosive devices.

Linda Consuegra, incident commander for the Police Department in Aspen, said the notes were a “credible” threat to the community, prompting the downtown evacuations and multi-agency response.

In addition to the Aspen police and Grand Junction’s bomb squad, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department, Basalt Police Department, Snowmass Village Fire Department, FBI, and Aspen Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

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