FBI awarded Capitol Building bombing investigation
The FBI on Wednesday raised its reward to $500,000 to find the suspect who planted pipe bombs near the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic National Committees the night before storming the Capitol.
Two years after the devices were discovered and disarmed during the deadly riot, the hunt for the suspect remains the siege’s longest-running mystery.
“We are grateful to the American people for providing invaluable tips that have helped move the investigation forward,” said David Sundberg, head of the FBI’s Washington field office. “Since the reward has increased significantly, we encourage those who previously hesitated to contact us or did not realize they had important information to review the information on our website and submit what they need.”
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In its latest appeal, the FBI said investigators conducted nearly 1,000 interviews, “visited more than 1,200 residences and businesses,” collected more than 39,000 video files and reviewed nearly 500 tips.
“Despite the unprecedented amount of data reviewed in this case, the FBI and our partners continue to work tirelessly to bring the perpetrators of these dangerous attacks to justice,” Sundberg said.
For several months, investigators have been searching for a suspect who was captured in blurry surveillance footage on Jan. 5, 2021, wearing a gray hoodie, a face mask, and distinctive Nike Air Max Speed Turf yellow, black, and gray shoes in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. .
Authorities said the devices were deployed at the scene near the Capitol between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., before Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, pushing past barricades and overwhelming police.
“Even if these bombs did not explode, it is important to remember that the suspect was walking within a few blocks of the US Capitol through the residential and commercial areas of Capitol Hill, carrying live pipe bombs that could have seriously injured him. or kill innocent people,” the FBI said, adding that the suspect “may still pose a threat to the public . . .
In addition to the investigation into the pipe bomb, more than 950 people have been arrested in connection with the riots. About 200 of them were arrested for attacking law enforcement officers.
Two years later, investigators are searching for other suspects in the riots, including four men shown on surveillance video attacking police during Wednesday’s siege.
One of the suspects, a bearded man wearing a bright jacket and knit cap, was seen wielding a cane and repeatedly punching police as he walked toward the entrance of the Capitol.
The FBI urged anyone with information about the suspects named at fbi.gov/capitolviolence to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
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