Woman says suspicious package in car was a 'novelty clock'

Published: May. 20, 2017 at 1:15 AM EDT|Updated: May. 22, 2017 at 6:27 AM EDT
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A woman arrested for having what looked like a bomb in her car says she never meant to scare anyone.

Daphne Page, 52, says what police and the bomb squad found was a "novelty clock," she bought at a yard sale in The Fan on Floyd Avenue.

The Henrico Police Department says Page was arrested after a suspicious device was found in a car parked at the Whole Foods Market in Short Pump, and charged her with constructing or using a hoax firebomb.

"It was embarrassing for me, to be the initiator of such a big mess," said Page.

On Friday night, a Whole Foods Employee initially noticed the device in Page's backseat, and called police.

"It looked like brown paper wrapped around cylinders," explained Page. "I don't know what sticks of dynamite look like I am extrapolating much like the person who saw in the back seat of my car extrapolated."

Page was planning to travel to Vermont to give the clock to her daughter as a gift, and says she bought it on Mother's Day, thinking her daughter would find it "unique."

The call came in around 5:05 p.m. Friday, and investigators say the package looked "similar to what one may think was a bomb." The parking lot and one of the entrances of the store were shut down for 5 hours, but the store was not evacuated at any point.

Page says she was inside of the store shopping for almost an hour while crews were searching her car.

"I saw the police tape and the flares in the road, and I thought 'huh,' then I turned to walk towards my vehicle and I asked the officer what was going on," she explained. "They said 'is that your car?' and I said 'yes it is,' and they said 'we need to talk to you."

The bomb squad also responded along with fire and hazmat crews. A robot was used to remove the package from Page's red station wagon. Investigators determined the device was fake. Police say Virginia law prohibits anyone from having a device that looks like a bomb

"I assumed if it was available on the open market it didn't violate that law," said Page.

She is now being held in the Henrico County Jail without bond until she appears in court Monday.

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