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Man Who Claimed to Have Bomb at Virginia Bank in Custody

A handcuffed man is placed into a police car after he surrendered to police in Harrisonburg, Va., Monday July 12, 2010. According to police, the man walked into a Harrisonburg bank and claimed to have explosives strapped around his waste.

A handcuffed man is placed into a police car after he surrendered to police in Harrisonburg, Va., Monday July 12, 2010. According to police, the man walked into a Harrisonburg bank and claimed to have explosives strapped around his waste.

A man who walked into a Harrisonburg bank claiming to have an explosive device strapped around his waist is in police custody.

City police spokeswoman Mary-Hope Vass says the man was taken into custody Monday afternoon.

Vass says the incident was reported at 9:18 a.m. Employees of the downtown Wachovia Bank were able to walk out unharmed.

A state police bomb squad robot was brought to the scene, and police officers were perched earlier atop surrounding buildings. Authorities are still investigating whether the device was explosive.

The sheriff's department, state police, firefighters and rescue officials, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded.

Vass says she didn't know if the man was attempting to rob the bank.