FBI rewards Capitol building bomb investigation

The FBI on Wednesday issued a new appeal for public assistance in identifying the suspect who planted pipe bombs near the Republican and Democratic National Committee headquarters the night before the Capitol stormed, raising the reward to $500,000.

Two years after the devices were discovered and disarmed amid the deadly riot, the search for the suspect remains perhaps the most enduring mystery related to the siege.

“We remain grateful to the American people, who provided invaluable advice that helped us move the investigation forward,” said David Sundberg, FBI Washington Field Bureau Chief. “With the reward greatly increased, we urge those who may have been hesitant to contact us before – or who may not have realized they had important information – to review the information on our website and offer whatever is relevant.”

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In its latest appeal, the FBI said investigators conducted about 1,000 interviews, “visited more than 1,200 residences and businesses,” while amassing more than 39,000 video files and verifying nearly 500 tips.

“Despite the unprecedented volume of data reviews involved in this case, the FBI and our partners continue to work tirelessly to bring the perpetrator of these dangerous attempted attacks to justice,” Sundberg said.

Rioters loyal to President Donald Trump gather at the US Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021.

For months, investigators searched for the suspect whose blurry images were captured by surveillance cameras on January 5, 2021 in a Capitol Hill neighborhood, wearing a gray hoodie, face mask and shoes Distinctive Nike Air Max Speed ​​Turf in yellow, black and gray.

Authorities said the devices were placed at the scene near the Capitol between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. the night before a crowd of Donald Trump supporters stormed into the Capitol, stomping through barricades and overwhelming police.

“Although these bombs did not detonate, it is important to remember that the suspect walked along residential and commercial areas of Capitol Hill within a few blocks of the US Capitol with viable pipe bombs that could have seriously injured him. or kill innocent bystanders,” the FBI said, adding the suspect “may still pose a danger to the public…”

In addition to the pipe bomb investigation, more than 950 people have been arrested in connection with the riots. Of these, nearly 200 were arrested for assaulting law enforcement officers.

Two years later, investigators are still looking for other riot suspects, including four men who were highlighted in surveillance videos on Wednesday attacking police during the siege.

One of the suspects, a bearded man in a bright plaid jacket and knit cap, wielded a baton and appeared to repeatedly punch police as he walked toward an entrance to the Capitol.

The FBI urged people with information about named suspects at fbi.gov/capitolviolence to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

USA Today

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