A retired Army sergeant walked into the federal building that houses New York’s FBI headquarters in Lower Manhattan and claimed to have an “IED” in a van parked nearby Wednesday, officials said.
Gerardo Checo Nunez, 33, told workers inside 26 Federal Plaza that he had the improvised explosive device in a white van parked outside a Starbucks on Worth Street close to the federal building, cops said.
The NYPD’s Bomb Squad responded and found that there was no device, according to police.
Cops rescued a dog that was in the van, police sources said.
The Starbucks is at Worth Street and Lafayette Street. The FBI offices and offices for Homeland Security are in the Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building at 26 Federal Plaza.