New footage was published by the FBI’s Washington Field Office on Wednesday, showing the suspect who is suspected of leaving pipe bombs at the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Democratic National Committee (DNC) on January 5.
The FBI has not yet identified the suspect, and they are appealing to members of the public to come forward with any information they may have regarding the bomb threats they have received. The FBI had earlier released video of the suspect on March 9 of this year. Those recordings showed the suspect, who was dressed in a gray sweatshirt and carrying a backpack, coming to a halt in front of the two structures.
It appears that the suspect is carrying a backpack and then sits on a bench in the new footage, which was broadcast in black-and-white. The suspect remains seated on the bench for over a minute before walking away from the scene.
Follow the route of the pipe bomber & view the videos from Jan. 5th. https://t.co/ZGr0FhFVea
— FBI Washington Field (@FBIWFO) September 8, 2021
The FBI also posted a video to YouTube showing a map of the suspect’s purported movements, which was created from a compilation of surveillance camera data. During the time period of 7:34 to 8:18 p.m. on January 5, the simulation purports to represent 44 minutes of the suspect’s movement.
According to the FBI, the RNC discovered its pipe bomb at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Jan. 6, and the DNC discovered their pipe bomb approximately 30 minutes later, both on the same day. As reported by the Associated Press, the explosives were both made up of around one foot of wiring, a timer, and powder. However, law enforcement officials have not established a link between any of the pro-Trump rioters and the would-be bomber, who was discovered approximately 90 minutes before the rioters broke through the Capitol’s perimeter.
The FBI initially offered a $50,000 reward for information about the pipe bombs, but the reward has since been increased to $100,000 in collaboration with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). According to the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the suspect is not from the Washington, D.C., area, according to a press release. Moreover, the agency believes the suspect was working out of a place near Folger Park, according to the 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. 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,” said Steven M. D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.
“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,” he added.