Calgary, AB,

Man charged in suspicious package incident

A man has been charged following a suspicious package incident that shut down C-Train service for several hours yesterday.

At approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, a man called 9-1-1 to report a suspicious black BMW parked behind the Best Western Hotel in the 3600 block of Macleod Trail S.E.

The complainant was in a restaurant at the time and while on the phone with 9-1-1, a police officer walked in on an unrelated matter. The man approached the officer and reiterated his concerns. The officer found the man’s behaviour strange, identified him and arrested him on breach of conditions. The man indicated he had placed an explosive device within the car.

The Tactical Unit was called out to assist. The area around the vehicle was locked down, several buildings were evacuated, and the C-Train was blocked from travelling between the Erlton and 39th Avenue stations.

At approximately 3 p.m., the Tactical Unit was able to safely clear the vehicle and determine that the explosive threat was not legitimate.

Yunbiao WANG, 30, has been charged with falsely reporting an offence has been committed, and failure to comply with a release order. 

The Calgary Police Service would like to thank the public for their patience while this incident was resolved safely.

Case #19542398