Fresno Police are investigating an explosive device in Panera Bread left by a fugitive Wednesday night.
“We have a suspect who has left an explosive device inside Panera at Shaw and Marty (avenues),” says Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley.
“We are on scene and have secured the entire area and evacuated it. Bomb squad is on scene and will be assessing from there,” Dooley confirms.
It started earlier Wednesday when Dooley says with the help of federal agents, a search warrant was being served at the suspect, Chad Mazgedian’s, 43, home where explosive material was found.
When his car was spotted by officers near Shaw and Valentine avenues, a short pursuit ensued and he abandoned his car next to the Panera Bread.
He ran into the eatery, where officers tackled him, and he told them an explosive device fell out from his pocket.
The device was confirmed to be active, but it was disarmed by authorities.
Diners in nearby restaurants were evacuated from restaurants while officers investigate the scene.
Dooley says the bomb squad is split between the commercial location and Mazgedian’s home.