The Kissimmee building that Planned Parenthood recently bought was evacuated on Thursday morning after police discovered a suspicious package on the property.
Kissimmee Police said they were called out to medical office building off Oak Commons Boulevard and N. Rose Avenue just after 10 a.m. for a report of a break-in. Once officers arrived, they found a blue duffel bag on property. KPD Spokesperson Stacie Miller said it was located on a bench near a window. Miller also said it was intentionally left there.
"Just by the way it was put there" said Miller. "And some of the items that were inside of the bag."
Patients and workers in the dozens of medical offices nearby were evacuated. A portion of Oak Street was closed for a few hours. The street is directly in front of Osceola Regional Medical Center. A portion of the hospital's parking lot was also closed while law enforcement investigated.
The bomb squad from Orange County Sheriff's Office and the HAZMAT team determined the bag was filled with an "unknown substance" and other items.
Police are unsure if the incident is connected to the recent controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood moving into the building. A city spokesperson told FOX35 that the organization purchased the building in December 2013.
Many residents are upset over the move, but city leaders told FOX35 it has no say over the situation. The building is zoned for medical use.
Some patients with appointments in buildings near the crime scene stopped to watch emergency crews. First responders from Kissimmee Police, OCSO, and Kissimmee Fire Department were all called to the scene.
"A lot of people are against the abortion stuff, I mean, we're against it, too, but taking it to this extent is really way out of it," said Tom Stacey, who stopped to watch the commotion on Thursday afternoon.
Those who visit the offices said they'll think twice before coming out in the future.
"Especially after the incident today," said Tammy Wise. "It would definitely make me nervous."
Kissimmee Police said they will test the substance. If needed, they'll hand it over to FDLE or the FBI.
The Oak Commons Medical Complex remains closed until further notice. The other medical offices nearby reopened just after 2p.m.
Investigators are still looking into the initial break-in and whether the two incidents are connected.