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Thursday
Apr212011

Colorado Pipe Bomb: FBI Searches for Person of Interest

Federal Bureau of Investigation(LITTLETON, Colo.) -- Authorities have identified a person of interest in connection with the discovery of a pipe bomb and propane tanks after a fire at a Littleton, Colo., mall on the 12th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.

The suspicious devices were found Wednesday afternoon at the Southwest Plaza Mall after firefighters responded to a small blaze in a hallway near the mall's food court. No one was injured and the devices did not explode.

Late Wednesday night, FBI and law enforcement officials released a photo of a person of interest who was spotted on mall security cameras. The person of interest is described as a white male with a grey hair with a silver mustache. He was last wearing a dark cap, stripped shirt, blue jeans and dark shoes. In the surveillance photos, the man is seen holding a white plastic shopping bag.

Jacki Kelley with the Jefferson County Sheriff's office said the man "is nothing more than a person of interest."

"We don't know whether he's somebody we need to look at as a suspect," Kelley said.

The incident comes on the 12th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, during which two students opened fire and killed 12 students and one teacher on April 20, 1999.

The two teens, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, committed suicide after the massacre. They had also left pipe bombs in the school but the majority of them did not explode.

It's unclear whether Wednesday's incident is connected to the shooting anniversary but the mall is located near the high school.

"We're not ignoring that. The date is significant to Colorado's history. But it's not something we're dismissing at this time," said FBI spokesman Dave Joly.

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Thursday
Apr212011

Pipe Bomb Found in Colorado Mall; FBI Seeks Person of Interest

FBI - Denver(LITTLETON, Colo.) -- Authorities are searching for a person of interest in connection with the discovery of a pipe bomb and propane tanks after a fire at a Littleton, Colorado mall broke out on the 12th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.

The suspicious devices were found Wednesday afternoon at the Southwest Plaza Mall after firefighters responded to a small blaze in a hallway near the mall's food court.

An estimated 6,000 to 10,000 people were evacuated from the mall around noon.  No injuries were reported, but officials said the fire caused some minor damage.

The incident comes on the 12th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, where two of the school's students opened fire and killed 12 students and one teacher on April 20, 1999.  The two teens, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, committed suicide after the massacre.  They had also left pipe bombs in the school but the majority of them did not explode.

It's unclear whether Wednesday's incident is connected to the shooting anniversary but the mall is located near the high school.

Authorities said that if those devices had exploded, the damage and potential loss of life could have been catastrophic.

Late Wednesday night, FBI and law enforcement officials released a photo of a person of interest who was spotted on mall security cameras.

The person of interest is described as a white male with a grey hair with a silver mustache.  He was last wearing a dark cap, striped shirt, blue jeans and dark shoes.

In the surveillance photos, the man is seen holding a white plastic shopping bag.

"Surveillance tape gave a shot of an individual walking in with a bag, coming in a corridor that the public would not normally use.  And this individual possibly witnessed someone maybe coming in or out that area at the same time or he could possibly be involved," said FBI Spokesman Dave Joly.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

MLK Parade Pipe Bomb: Race Connection 'Inescapable', FBI Says

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(SPOKANE, Wash.) -- Federal investigators are looking at race as a possible motive in the attempted bombing of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Wash., as they hunt "armed and dangerous" suspects.

"I think the connection is virtually inescapable...that the device was planted and left there to target the marchers or bystanders," Frank Harrill, special agent in charge of the FBI's Spokane office, said late Tuesday.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 15 different "hate groups" operate in Washington state and six others just over the border in Idaho -- including the white supremacist group Aryan Nations. The FBI said the men or women responsible are being considered "armed and dangerous."

Whatever the motive, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said the attempted bombing was "unacceptable."

"I was struck that on a day when we celebrate Dr. King, a champion of non-violence, we were faced with a significant violent threat," Verner said Tuesday. "This is unacceptable in our community, or any community."

Just half an hour before the Martin Luther King Day parade was scheduled to begin Monday, three workers spotted a suspicious package with visible wires on a bench, the FBI said.

Authorities rerouted the parade while officers from the Spokane Police Department's bomb disposal unit worked on the bomb.

"I saw the robot and when I saw the robot I told my girls to run and 'Let's get out of here,'" witness Lisa Ludeman told ABC News.

Harrill, the supervisory senior resident agent in Spokane, told ABC News the backpack was "a viable device."

"The potential for lethality was clear," Harrill said Tuesday. The local bomb squad neutralized the device, he added. 

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