NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two men in their 20s have been released by police in Niagara Falls, after being questioned by authorities Friday morning.
Many viewers contacted News 4 about rumors circulating Friday morning, however, Niagara Falls Police and Mayor Paul Dyster say this incident does not involve Russian nationals or suspicious packages.
Police tell News 4 that a concerned citizen, who is an Air National Guardsman, called police, saying the driver of a car with Massachusetts license plates looked like the suspect from the Boston Marathon bombing. The Guardsman had spotted the car on the 190, and officers pulled over the vehicle on Elmwood Avenue in Niagara Falls.
"With the recent events, we erred on the side of caution and safety is always our number one priority to the citizens and to the officers who responded," said Niagara Falls Police Chief Bryan DalPorto. "He was in uniform so he felt they weren't making eye contact with him and attempted to evade him from seeing their identity."
As a precaution, three levels of law enforcement responded and investigated the vehicle to determine whether it was safe. A remote controlled robot tested the vehicle. Belongings from the vehicle were all tested, and all items tested negative.
Chief DalPorto said, "We couldn't see what was inside and through the officer's observations, they felt they were suspicious and we erred on the side of caution."
Dyster says the people who were inside the vehicle are U.S. citizens. Police did not identify the two men inside the vehicle, but with no reason to hold them, they were released early Friday afternoon.
Police say the two men were visiting friends.
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