Independence Visitor Center closed due to ’emergency situation’
Updated at 01:21 PM today
INDEPENDENCE MALL – April 21, 2013 (WPVI) — Authorities have closed the Independence Visitor Center at Independence Mall due to an emergency situation.
The center, located at 6th and Market streets in Philadelphia, was evacuated just after 12:00 p.m.
At this time, officials are only telling Action News there is an emergency, but will not release any further details.
It appears, however, this may be in connection with an earlier incident involving a search for a suspicious man.
At around 9:00 a.m., there was a report to park rangers of a man dressed in camouflage with his face apparently painted at the Visitor Center.
Philadelphia and transit police assisted in the manhunt.
Approximately 45 minutes later, it appeared the search was scaled back, if not called off entirely.
Then at around 12:30 p.m., park rangers escorted a man outside the Visitor Center who was wearing a camouflage jacket.
Though the agents remained silent, the man spoke to Action News while being taken away in handcuffs.
The man said he was an architect from Philadelphia and he’s been hiding in the garage of the building.
The Independence Visitor Center remains closed at this time.
6abc.com will update this story as more information becomes available.