The Latest: NYPD robot sent to negotiate with barricaded man

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Posted: Jul 21, 2016 7:35 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a police standoff in New York City (all times local):

7:15 a.m.

Police have sent a robot to communicate with a man barricaded inside a vehicle in Manhattan. He's suspected of tossing a hoax bomb through the window of a police car.

Fox5 "Good Day New York" says the robot is equipped with a camera and microphone. It says police are not trying to remove the man because they don't know what's inside his vehicle.

The situation began unfolding Wednesday night in Times Square when the object was tossed into the open window of a New York Police Department vehicle. Police say the object turned out to include a harmless electrical component wrapped in cloth.

Officers spotted the suspect's SUV early Thursday morning at Columbus Circle. Police pulled over the car but the driver refused to get out. The standoff is continuing.

6:50 a.m.

Authorities say police negotiators are trying to talk to a man barricaded inside a vehicle in Manhattan, where he's suspected of tossing a hoax bomb through the window of a police vehicle.

Chief of Department James O'Neill says Thursday morning a cylindrical object was tossed into the open window of a New York Police Department vehicle late Wednesday night. He says the object turned out to include a harmless electrical component wrapped in cloth.

O'Neill says officers spotted the suspect's sport utility vehicle around 2 a.m. at Columbus Circle and pulled it over. He says the driver refused to get out and donned a red plastic helmet. SWAT officers remain on the scene as police negotiators try to communicate with the man.

Surrounding streets have been closed, and subway trains are bypassing the area.

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1 a.m.

The New York Police Department bomb squad was called in after police say someone threw a suspicious object at a patrol car.

Officials say someone in another vehicle threw the object at the patrol car at a busy midtown Manhattan intersection around midnight Wednesday. The other vehicle fled the scene.

Streets in the area were shut down as police investigated.

The bomb squad gave the all-clear a short time later.

Police have not yet said what exactly was thrown.

The investigation is ongoing.