Man taken into custody after alert at Norfolk Navy site
Gates into Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads were closed for two hours, and two buildings were evacuated Wednesday after reports of a “suspicious individual” on the military base.
Base police responded to a call around 3 p.m. and took a man into custody, said Beth Baker, a spokeswoman for the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic region. He accessed the base using a valid ID, Baker said. She said she did not know whether he is employed by the Navy.
She couldn’t say what raised security concerns. A source on the base said the man was carrying a backpack. Workers in other buildings were alerted to the situation and instructed to stay inside.
Base security and Naval Criminal Investigative Service officers were interviewing the man Wednesday evening, Baker said.
“There is no indication he was carrying a weapon,” Baker said.
NSA Hampton Roads is a Navy installation located off Terminal Boulevard, next to Norfolk Naval Station. It is home to several tenant commands, including the Joint Forces Staff College, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and NATO’s Allied Command for Transformation. About 6,000 people work there.
The decision to close the gates and evacuate buildings was not influenced by Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Baker said.
“The response is consistent with the report that came in,” she said.
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