Man charged after “suspicious package” found at London apartment complex

A 48-year-old London man is facing charges after police found a suspicious package inside his room Sunday afternoon.
London police attended a unit at 501 Wilkins Street at around 2 p.m. to speak with a male occupant.
While checking the welfare of the man, officers found a suspicious package inside his room, according to London police.
Police say the man was arrested and three floors of the apartment complex were evacuated as a precaution for the protection of the public.
London Police Explosive Disposal Unit attended the residence to assess the package. Further examination determined the package to be a hoax device, constructed to resemble an explosive device. The package was removed from the apartment and dismantled in a secure location. A pellet gun and crossbow were also seized.
Police say Houmam Riyad Mourad, 48, of London is charged with the following Criminal Code of Canada offences:
 – Possession of a Weapon Contrary to an Order;
– Possess any explosive substance with intent to endanger life; and
– Possession of a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence.
The accused is in custody and was scheduled to appear in court yesterday in relation to the charges.
 Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in on-line anonymously to


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