UPDATE: Suspect in custody after scare at local bank parking lot

By NEMS360.com

Tupelo Police have rendered the situation safe Monday afternoon at a bank parking lot after spending most of the day checking out a suspicious package.

Police have arrested Temetous Watkins, 50. No formal charges have been announced.

The suspect allegedly told a taxi driver that he had packages with explosives. The taxi driver called the police, who arrested the suspect at the BancorpSouth bank branch at South Gloster Street and Cliff Gookin Boulevard. The call was made around 9:56 a.m.

Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton said the area had been rendered safe, but wouldn’t comment on what was found in the package. Carleton did say it was not an explosive. A small explosion was heard after the package had been removed from the car by a robot. Carleton declined comment on that.

Police had closed the intersection of South Gloster Street, Eason Boulevard and Cliff Gookin Boulevard. Those roadways should be opened soon, authorities said at 3:30 p.m..

The bank building was evacuated.

Read more on this story in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.