Metra police arrest Georgia man in connection with Wednesday Chicago station shut down

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CHICAGO — Metra Police have arrested a Georgia man they believe is responsible for leaving suspicious items on a platform that forced the shutdown and evacuation of Chicago’s busy Ogilvie Transportation Center on Wednesday.

Authorities say Rajender Chandani, 46, of Hogansville, a small community about 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, was arrested Wednesday evening at approximately 8:20 p.m. after Metra officers observed him entering Ogilvie.

Earlier Wednesday, Ogilvie was evacuated and no trains were permitted to enter or depart the station for more than 2 hours. Three busy Metra lines, the Union Pacific North, Northwest, and West, operate out of Ogilvie providing just more than 100,000 trips each weekday.

Emergency crews responded just after 10 a.m. The Chicago police Bomb and Arson Unit were called in to investigate the scene. No injuries were reported.

According to Metra, Ogilvie was shut down after a man left two bags near an information booth in the station’s platform area after a brief conversation with a station employee. The employee alerted Metra Police, who in turn alerted the Chicago Police Department for assistance.

The station was reopened after the packages were cleared.

Metra said officers on patrol at Ogilvie after Wednesday’s incident were alerted that Chandani appeared to be headed back to the station by Metra detectives who were surveilling him.

Officers observed Chandani entering the station and took him into custody without incident. An investigation by the Metra and Chicago police into his possible connection with the packages continues, the agency said.

Chandani is being held at the Chicago Police Department’s 1st District on a disorderly conduct charge, Metra said, and additional charges are pending.
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