Police charge man in connection with suspicious backpack in Waikiki

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Police have charged a man in connection with a suspicious backpack that resulted in the shutdown of a block of Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki.

Trenton Christenson, 28, was arrested and charged with second-degree terroristic threatening, a misdemeanor. He has no local address. Bail was set at $2,000.

According to Honolulu Police Capt. Ryan Borges, the man was seen leaving the backpack in front of the Cartier store at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center at about 2 p.m.

Police evacuated that part of the shopping center and closed Kalakaua Avenue between Lewers Street and Royal Hawaiian Avenue as a precaution during the investigation.

A remote-controlled robot was used to X-ray the backpack. Shortly afterward, a bomb squad technician wearing safety gear examined the backpack and determined that there were no explosives inside. Police then gave the all-clear and reopened the area at 5 p.m.

Borges said the suspect was arrested "because of the behavior and what he did. it was really suspicious. It wasn't a mistake. He actually intended to scare people, so we arrested him terroristic threatening in the second degree."

Police said that while they followed standard procedure in investigating the package, they also recognize that there's increased awareness after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

"You never know when it's going to be real or when it's not real," said Borges. "We cannot make an assumption that it's only a hoax, so we take this seriously."

The Waikiki incident came just a day after a bomb threat shut down the area around Circuit Court in downtown Honolulu.

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