New York Deutsche Bank Office Evacuated After Bomb Threat With AM-Obit-Herrhausen, Bjt
NEW YORK (AP) _ A 30-story Manhattan building that houses the offices of Deutsche Bank and other companies was evacuated Thursday because of a bomb threat.
Earlier Thursday, a bomb in Bad Homburg, West Germany, killed Deutsche Bank Chairman Alfred Herrhausen, 59, as he drove to work. Officials said the leftist Red Army Faction terrorist group claimed responsibility.
A caller to Deutsch Bank’s Manhattan office said at 1 p.m. Wednesday that ″a suspicious person″ carrying an explosive package would appear at the bank at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, said Officer Susan Power, a police spokeswoman.
At first, the bank did not take the threat seriously, said Power. But after Herrhausen was killed Thursday morning, bank officials called the police.
″We have contacted authorities and made a thorough search,″ said Ann Kifer, spokeswoman for Gerald D. Hines Interests in Houston, the building’s developer and manager.
No explosive device was found, said Sgt. Maurice Howard, another police spokesman.
Kifer said the tenants, which also include Shearson Lehman Hutton Inc. and the Toronto Dominion Bank, were notified before lunchtime. They began clearing out about 2:30 p.m. and the building was emptied by 4 p.m.
Ray Tindel, the property manager, estimated 1,500 people work in the building.