FBI Increases Reward to $500,000 for Information About Capitol Hill Pipe Bomb Suspect

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Jan. 4 announced that the reward for information about the suspect who allegedly planted pipe bombs near the headquarters of the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Washington, D.C., has increased from $100,000 to $500,000.

The incident occurred two years ago. The suspect is alleged to have planted the pipe bombs on Jan. 5, 2021, between about 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. local time—the night before Jan. 6, when people breached the Capitol Building and briefly interrupted a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 election.

One bomb was placed in an alley behind RNC headquarters, located at 310 First Street Southeast, while the other was placed near the DNC headquarters, located at 430 South Capitol Street Southeast #3.

“Two years into the investigation, identifying the perpetrator of this attempted attack remains a priority” for the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, according to an announcement on the FBI’s website.

Although the bombs did not detonate, the announcement said it is “important to remember” the suspect was just blocks from the U.S. Capitol “with viable pipe bombs that could have seriously injured or killed innocent bystanders.”

“Moreover, the suspect may still pose a danger to the public or themselves.”

Investigators are urging the American public to “take a fresh look” at the Seeking Information website, which features images and video of the suspect, their backpack, shoes, explosive devices, as well as a map of the route they walked the night the pipe bombs were allegedly planted.

“We note that many of the components used to build the pipe bombs were widely available for purchase in-store and online,” the announcement reads. “Some of the components used to construct these devices include 1×8-inch threaded galvanized pipes, end caps, kitchen timers, wires, metal clips, and homemade black powder.”

Investigators said they have carried out about 1,000 interviews, visited more than 1,200 residences and businesses, collected more than 39,000 video files, and looked into nearly 500 tips. They said that additional details can’t be released to “maintain the integrity of the investigation.”

By Mimi Nguyen Ly

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