Radford police issued alert after discovery of suspicious device


Jennifer Werner

Saturday at 6:45 p.m. Radford University students were sent an alert warning people to avoid the 600 block of Clement St.

“During a routine traffic stop this evening, an officer with the Radford University Police Department noticed a small suspicious device located in the stopped vehicle. As a precautionary measure, law enforcement is conducting a thorough investigation of the vehicle. There is no known threat to campus at this time and no additional information to release,” said Christy Jackson, Assistant Director of University Relations.

After a traffic stop, in which police noticed a suspicious device, a Virginia State Police technician was called in to search the car.

The street was closed for over two hours while an investigation was underway.

Dustin James Ratcliff, 21, of Pulaski County was charged with possession of a concealed firearm, possession of a concealed explosive device,  possesion of illegal fireworks, and possession of illegal vehicle exhaust. Ratcliff is not a student at RU.

Police removed the devices and are still determining the nature of the explosive device.