By Anand Vasu
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released new footage on March 9 seeking information from the public in identifying a man who placed pipe bombs near the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters and Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters on the evening of Jan. 5, as a precursor to the storming of the U.S. Capitol.
The bombs were placed as supporters of president Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol and rioted as members of Congress counted the Electoral College votes.
Police believed that the bombs were specifically placed at the security perimeter at Capitol Hill as a diversionary tactic. “Two pipe bombs that were specifically set right off the edge of our perimeter to what I was suspect was to draw resources away,” former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund was quoted as saying by wusa9.com as he testified before a congressional committee trying to determine what went wrong on Jan. 6.
The FBI is asking the public to watch the videos of this person as a member of the public may recognize their gait, body language, or mannerisms.
The Bureau also asked public to come forward with information on any suspicious or out of character behavior they may have noticed in acquaintances around the time.
The FBI has already released photos of the individual, including of the individual’s shoes, the devices, and the kitchen timers used in hopes that someone recognizes something familiar about them.
The person who placed these bombs wore a face mask, a grey hooded sweatshirt, and black and light grey Nike Air Max Speed Turf shoes with a yellow logo. They used a backpack to transport each of the devices.
“The American people have provided invaluable assistance in this investigation, and the FBI and our law enforcement partners are very grateful for that cooperation,” said Steven M. D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “We still believe there is someone out there who has information they may not have realized was significant until now. We know it can be a difficult decision to report information about family or friends—but this is about protecting human life. These pipe bombs were viable devices that could have been detonated, resulting in serious injury or death. We need the public’s help to identify the individual responsible for placing these pipe bombs to ensure they will not harm themselves or anyone else.”
Along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives the FBI is offering a reward of $100,000 for any information leading to the identification of the person who placed these devices. The reward was originally $50,000 two months ago.