Cops say bomb scare caused by strangely-dressed jogger

December 1, 2011 12:02:27 PM PST
A suspicious package that prompted the closure of a San Jose post office on Tuesday turned out to be a stack of calendars dropped off by a jogger who caused a scare with his unusual outfit, police said today.

The man has been identified as Long Hoang, a 29-year-old San Jose resident and student at Cal State East Bay in Hayward, police said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Hoang, wearing a weighted vest and a special mask, ran up to a mail collection box near a post office at 1750 Lundy Ave., dropped a package into it and ran away.

A customer leaving the post office saw a man wearing what appeared to be a gas mask and what looked like a bulletproof vest, and reported him to authorities, prompting a police response and four-hour lockdown.

Customers and workers were told to leave the building while a robot and an officer wearing a protective blast suit checked the mailboxes.

Police found the suspicious package and determined that it was harmless. Dwyer said it was a stack of calendars Hoang had intended to mail during his jog.

Dwyer said Hoang was wearing the mask and vest as part of a CrossFit exercise regimen. The mask has the effect of mimicking high-altitude training, and the vest had small weights attached, which helps increase endurance.

"His story matched up perfectly," Dwyer said today.

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