Cyclist Rushes Past Police To Empty Bomb Scare's 'Suspicious Package', Gets Tackled Afterward

May 23, 2018

These are several videos of a Milwaukee bicyclist who speeds past police and the yellow tape they put up around a suspicious backpack, quickly emptying its non-lethal contents onto the street before getting bum-rushed and tackled by officers. Weird, and I half expected them to shake his hand and award him a medal of valor.

"He rode past me and he was saying, 'I'm going to defuse this situation," [Robert] Harris [the man who called in the suspicious backpack] said. "I was concerned for everyone still around but really concerned for him. He was not acting in his right mind. If I would have saw him coming down the sidewalk earlier, I would have tried to stop him. It's a scary situation. You don't know if it's a bomb or backpack. When he went and did it, I thought oh no. It's not going to end well. It's going to end bad."

The FBI assisted on the scene but Milwaukee Police arrested the man. Police have not released any other information at this time.

They arrested him? Because they should have offered him a position on their bomb squad immediately. Clearly this man is a PRO DIFFUSER. Is he ex-military? He looks like he was probably special forces to me. "He's just a crazy person." That's always a possibility too.

Keep going for the videos, the second two of which only focus on the tackle.

Thanks to science, who agrees he must be wearing his cape under that jacket.

  • JJtoob

    Ok, first of all, if these guys are scared of a backpack because it might be a bomb, what says the bike rider wasn't strapped with explosives and this was the exact reaction he was looking for to take out a large group of officers? What says there weren't some smaller explosives still in the backpack ready to detonate as the officers approached?
    The truth is that people these days are soooo full of fear that no one can forget a backpack without causing a scene... This guy was probably tired of that bs and I don't get why it would be so important to stop him. If he was wrong, it was his ass, if the perimeter was cleared, which it seemed like it was, no one else should have gotten hurt. I mean, maybe some property damage, but that's about it. I envy his lack of fear, if he's in his right mind, that is.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Arrested for what? For showing up the police. If it's one thing a cop can't stand, it's when they're made to look foolish.

    I wonder why they had to tackle him. They couldn't command him to exit the area and then make their arrest?

  • dougfunnay

    dangerous situation indeed
    completely diffused something.... instead of a bomb it was the atmosphere of thoughtless paranoia and fear generated by law enforcement in this situation and reduced their reputation and perceived ability to accurately identify or deal with threats

    we dont all have time to play make believe so we can add drama to our meaningless lives

  • PUNX

    last cop searching the contents is either saying: DAMN hope there is still bomb stuff in here ... or ... finder keepers, on the good stuff that was in there

  • Jenness

    Why did he do that? GAHHHHHH Now I'll have to follow this story and find out because it's bugging me.

  • adsffda

    oh, it wasn't his pack. initially i had assumed it would have been. in that case yeah hes a dick for rolling the dice with everybody nearby. i mean sure 99.9% of the time it's a backpack, but sometimes it's not. more europe than us so far but still. if bombsquad is treating something like a bomb and you have no reason to believe otherwise then you're a twat for shaking it

  • Jonathan_Berisford

    Nine times out of ten it's an electric razor.

  • adsffda

    we never say *your* dildo

  • Smeg

    "Clearly this man is a PRO DIFFUSER." He turns the air surrounding himself moist and aromatic?

  • GeneralDisorder

    Do you not?

  • adsffda

    maybe some day when he guesses wrong

  • Octo

    How many stranded containers out in the world are actually bombs, vs just forgotten or left behind? I'm betting the odds are so low it's not worth the hassle..just do what the guy did (but send in a rookie).

  • Frank Thebunny

    They don't say if it is a bomb or not, for not give ideas to people, but apparently, in the Paris subway, it happens to be bombs, and not just forbidden stuff.

  • GeneralDisorder

    There's a saying that I can never find the source of. It goes something like "A man who sleeps with a knife under his pillow is crazy every night except one".

    It only takes one time for some lunatic to leave a bomb laying around for the city to get sued for not bringing in the bomb squad and cost more than it costs to falsely deploy the bomb squad a thousand times.

  • dougfunnay

    yeah but its not a thousand times take a ten minute walk through a busy area
    how many potential "suspicious packages" did you run across?

    an absolutely obscene number
    at this point if a terrorist wanted to do serious damage all they would need to do is call in every "suspicious package"
    would bankrupt the city almost immediately

    hell how do i know that UPS guy really works for the UPS?
    where does it end?

  • Andyman7714

    Probably was his backpack in the first place.

  • adsffda

    even then it's easier to just tell the bombsquad guys that.

    rushing in before they blow up your term paper isn't worth getting shot, and at least it gives a pretty good excuse

  • GeneralDisorder

    I've never written a thesis (I went to tech school specifically to avoid doing that) but if you were dumb, writing it on paper, and didn't keep any copies and you were really sure that someone was gonna blow up your hard work... You might take the risk.

    There's also things like journals. Pro writers tend to write a daily journal entry and write down whatever comes to mind. So... Maybe there was some comedy gold in there.

    But also it apparently wasn't that guy's backpack.

  • Bling Nye

    *hours after report of unattended backpack being dragged to the street, cordoned off and contemplated...*

    "You know this is probably just a backpack someone forgot."

    "Yeah, but fuck, we're getting to stand around all shift, and will probably get some OT out of it if we drag it out long enough."

    "Fuck yeah, plus we get to see the bomb squad blow that fucker up. I bet some asshole is wondering where their backpack is right now. Tough shit motherfucker! HAHAHA!"

    "Hey, what's that dude on the bike doing-- FUCK ME he's going for the bag!"

    "Shit, get down, just in case! Fuck, I kinda hope his dumb ass blows up! It'd serve him right, that asshole...I really wanted this OT..."

    "We should get him out of there, you know, maybe save him... but fuck you if you think I'm going in...just in case it is a bomb... fuck..."



    "Yeah, it was just a backpack, now this asshole's ruined our standing around and our shot at OT, not to mention watching something get blown up, not to mention making us look like fuckwits, FUCK THIS GUY!! GET HIM!!"


    "FUUUUUUUCK YOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUU!!!" *open field tackle*


  • shashi

    awesome, now write a screenplay

  • GeneralDisorder

    I believe bomb squad usually x-rays the suspicious package before destroying it.

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