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West Virginia man causes Manhattan station scare

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Posted at 2:00 PM, Aug 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-17 15:00:32-04

NEW YORK, NY — New York City police are questioning a West Virginia man who is believed to have left suspicious packages in a subway station on Friday causing massive subway delays.

Authorities have identified the man taken into custody as Larry Griffin of West Virginia.

Police said on Friday he was "not" a suspect but certainly somebody they wanted to interview.

Investigators say surveillance cameras show him placing two empty rice cookers inside the lower Manhattan subway station blocks from the World Trade Center.

The devices resemble pressure cookers which have been used to make bombs.

Griffin's father told NBC News New York that he has not seen his son in a while but knew he had been panhandling in the city.