FBI: No Bomb, No Danger in Downtown Scare - KansasCity.com
Kansas City police used a robot to search a man’s car for a possible bomb this afternoon after he walked into the federal building downtown about noon and asked whether he was on the terrorist watch list.
Nearly five hours later, federal officials said there was no public threat and that no one inside the federal building was in harm’s way. Bridget Patton, an FBI spokeswoman, said federal officials and police locked down the area and searched the car out of “an abundance of caution.”
Sources told The Star the man created a disturbance inside the lobby by yelling something to the effect of: “Why am I on the terrorist watch list?”
A police bomb sniffing dog “hit” on the man’s car parked near the state office building, but the man told police he had only fertilizer in the trunk.
Authorities tentatively identified him as Wahed Moharam, known to many Kansas Citians as “helmet man,” once a regular attendee at Chiefs’ games. The Chiefs revoked his tickets out of safety concerns in 2003 because he was in the federal witness protection program after testifying for the government in the first World Trade Center bombing.