KITTY HAWK, N.C. - The Kitty Hawk Police Department is searching for a suspect who left a military ammunition can covered in names of police officers and vulgar language outside the property of a Kitty Hawk resident on West Kitty Hawk Road.
The device was left on the property around 9:45 p.m. Sunday. Its appearance and outside markings made it appear to be an explosive device, and it had the names of several Kitty Hawk Police officers and the chief of police written on the outside along with vulgar language and pictures.
The suspect was caught on surveillance camera activating the device, then running into oncoming traffic and almost being struck by a light-colored car.
When activated, the device emitted extremely loud siren sounds. It was later X-rayed by the FBI and NC SBI and was found not to have explosive material.
Sgt. Brian Strickland says police don't know why the person put the device at that home. The person who lives there is not a police officer and no police officers live nearby. The police station isn't too far away though.
"Whatever this is we don't want it to escalate to the next level. Now it was a car alarm hooked to a battery. The next time we don't to it to be a battery hooked to an explosive device," said Strickland.
Police are now searching for the suspect, who was wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants, dark shoes and white gloves. They had their face obscured by a cloth and sunglasses.
If you or someone you know has any information in this case, or if you were the person driving the light-colored car, call the Kitty Hawk Police Department at (252) 261-3895 or after office hours at (252) 473-3444.
Below is a video of what could be a suspect in the case provided by the Kitty Hawk Police Department: