UPDATE: Charlottesville man arrested after suspicious device found

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- UPDATE: The Charlottesville Police Department says a city resident has been arrested after a suspicious device was found in a vehicle.

According to police, 35-year-old Robert Jamal Pryor is facing charges of possession of an explosive device, possession of marijuana, expired registration, and failure to have a vehicle properly inspected.

Around 9 a.m. Monday, officers were conducting a traffic stop near Locust Avenue and Sycamore Street, and while searching the vehicle with the consent of the driver, a police K-9 alerted to a suspicious device.

Bomb technicians with the Virginia State Police came to investigate and disrupt the device.

The K-9 was brought in again and did not alert to any further threats.

The device has been sent to a state lab in Richmond to be examined.

Part of Locust Avenue and Sycamore Street were closed while officers were on the scene.

Locust Avenue reopened around 12:45 p.m., but part of Sycamore Street between Locust Avenue and Grove Avenue is still closed due to the ongoing investigation.

Police say there is no threat to public safety at this time.


The Charlottesville Police Department has reopened Locust Avenue after an investigation into a suspicious vehicle closed the street for a couple of hours Monday morning.

Police say it started with a traffic stop at 9 a.m. Monday in the area of Locust Avenue at Sycamore Street.

During a search of the vehicle, police say they found a suspicious device.

A K-9 officer was brought in and alerted officers to something unusual. Then Virginia State Police technicians were called in to assist.

"We're close to identifying if there were any devices in the car that could be a harm to the community," said Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney.

Brackney said the streets were closed as a precaution, but there is no immediate threat or danger to the public.

Robert Pryor

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