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Homeless man arrested after bomb squad checks out black bag downtown

A homeless man was arrested after a bomb squad was called near the NBA playoffs game Tuesday night. The bag was not dangerous.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 28, 2014

A homeless man was arrested Tuesday night near the Cox Convention Center after a police bomb squad examined his bag that was left nearby.

An Oklahoma City poilce officer noticed what he reported as a suspicious black bag about 10:15 p.m. on the concourse walkway bridge between the Cox Convention Center and the Renaissance Hotel.

There were no calls about the bag and no threats were received, police said. But due to the bag being found close to the nearby Oklahoma City Thunder game and the large crowd that uses the walkway to access parking lots in the area, officers “erred on the side of caution” and notified the police bomb squad unit, reports Capt. Dexter Nelson.

Bomb technicians responded and officers located the bag’s owner, Namman Edwards, 61. Edwards gave officers a detailed description of the bag’s contents that was verified by bomb squad technicians. Officers cleared the area about 11:20 p.m.

Edwards was arrested for public intoxication and taken into custody for detoxification. has disabled the comments for this article.