The FBI has released new video footage of a suspect who allegedly planted pipe bombs at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee ahead of the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6.
In addition, the bureau posted a virtual map of the suspect’s route, along with surveillance footage in asking for the public’s assistance in identification.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Capitol Police, and the D.C. Metropolitan Police are investigating the incident along with the FBI, Just The News reported.
“The FBI is extremely grateful to the American people who have already provided us with vital assistance in this case,” Steven M. D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said in a statement.
“Since January, the FBI has conducted more than 800 interviews, collected more than 23,000 video files, and assessed more than 300 tips related to this investigation,” he added.
“Those tips have helped us uncover new information, which we are releasing today and asking the public to view it and call us with any information you think may be relevant,” D’Antuono said.
“We know it is hard to report information about a friend or family member, but these pipe bombs were viable devices that could have detonated, causing innocent bystanders to be seriously injured or killed. Your tip could be the one that prevents this person from harming themselves or anyone else,” the FBI official concluded.
The FBI noted further that the suspect “wore a face mask, glasses, a grey hooded sweatshirt, gloves, and black and light grey Nike Air Max Speed Turf shoes with a yellow logo” and “used a backpack to transport each of the devices.”
Immediately following the Jan. 6 riot, reports noted that two pipe bombs went off at the RNC headquarters building, while the DNC HQ had been evacuated after a “suspicious package” was discovered. The two bombs at the RNC building “were detonated after our staff were evacuated,” according to GOP official Harmeet Dhillon.
“Whoever is behind this terrorist act, must be found and prosecuted,” Dhillon noted on Twitter.
Not long afterward, the FBI released initial surveillance footage of what appears to be the same suspect in the newly released footage. While much of the footage released this week is the same as what the FBI had previously made public, the addition of the suspect virtual map paints a more complete picture of his or her activities the evening of Jan. 5.
Interestingly, at one point the suspect appears to be using a cell phone; the FBI utilized cell tower pings to identify hundreds of suspects later arrested for allegedly taking part in the Capitol riot.
“We are asking the public to come forward with any information that could assist us, you may know someone who was making plans to travel to the Capitol Hill area of DC or researching these locations,” the FBI noted in a March 9 tweet that contained video footage.
We are asking the public to come forward with any information that could assist us, you may know someone who was making plans to travel to the Capitol Hill area of DC or researching these locations. pic.twitter.com/xJVaMlLR1U
— FBI Washington Field (@FBIWFO) March 9, 2021
The suspect allegedly planted the explosive devices between 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 5.
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