Jogger Post Office Shutdown – A jogger wearing an elevation mask, with what appeared to be body armor, dropped off a package at the post office and caused the whole building to shutdown.
The incident touched off a full-scale police response, complete with the bomb squad and a robot.
But San Jose police said the suspicious-looking runner seen fidgeting with a package at a drop-off box was only working out in hard-core, albeit odd-looking, exercise gear.
“The guy said he was wearing a cardio mask,” said Sgt. Jason Dwyer. “It was his cardio day, and he was trying to lose weight.”
That’s not what a post office customer thought when the man in the weird mask and vest was stuffing a package in a blue mail box about 12:30 p.m. The customer called police, and in a flash, the post office was on lockdown until 4:30 p.m., with 150 employees and customers tucked away in the back. The San Jose police bomb squad, the Fire Department’s hazardous materials unit and the postal inspector descended on a normally quiet strip of North San Jose.
A robot detonated the package, which turned out, police said, to be a bunch of calendars.
“My friends kept messaging me, Is this you? Is this you?” recounted Long Hoang, who lives near the post office and is a student at Cal State East Bay in Hayward.
As Hoang tells the story, he mistakenly received a package of calendars at his home, and thought he’d mail them back to the proper recipient while on an exercise run. The package didn’t fit the first time in the mail box, he said, so he had to fold it up and try a second time.
When Hoang later realized his actions had caused such a commotion, captured by this newspaper and many other media organizations, he called police Tuesday evening to say the suspicious man was him: a nursing student trying to get into shape.
Police said Hoang’s story checked out.