A man with a knife and several suspicious devices was arrested Saturday in a Walmart parking lot, after a four-hour stand-off that kept customers and employees trapped inside the Kemah store.
Mehrzad Malekzadeh, 35, of Sugar Land has been arrested and charged with making terroristic threats and displaying a hoax bomb, which are both class A misdemeanor charges.
Malekzadeh is currently in Galveston County Jail on a $5,000 bond.
"Several unknown devices were located in the pockets of the male suspect and attached to his person," Kemah police said in a press release.
Kemah police were dispatched to the area around 9 a.m. in response to a report of a suspicious masked male in a car wielding a knife, first seen in a nearby Target parking lot. He later moved to parking lot of Walmart in the 200 block of FM 518.
The store was locked down around 10 a.m., as the FBI bomb squad and Kemah police responded to the threatening man and searched the area.
The scene was cleared shortly after 2 p.m. with no hazards found by FBI bomb technicians, according to spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap.
John Lamar, who works in the store's automotive department, said that Walmart officials have advised everyone to stay clear of windows while the store was on lock down.
"They've come around with baskets of snacks and water for those locked down in the store," he said on the phone.
A crowd of about 50 nervous friends and family gathered outside the store.
"I was freaked out, this stuff doesn't happen here," said Brandon Blackwelder, whose sister works there.