(FreedomJournal.com)- On Tuesday, the FBI released some new videos that they say show the suspect who placed two pipe bombs in Washington, D.C., on the night of January 5 — the night before the riot at the U.S. Capitol building.
According to the FBI, the bombs were planted between the hours of 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. They were both placed only a few blocks away from the Capitol — one at the national office of the Republican National Committee and one at the national office of the Democratic National Committee.
Steven D’Antuono, who is the assistant director of the Washington field office for the FBI, said:
“These pipe bombs were viable devices that could have been detonated, resulting in 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.”
Last month, the FBI made other videos public that showed the person they believe is the suspect walking around that D.C. neighborhood. He can be seen wearing a mask and a gray hoodie, and was carrying a backpack.
The person was also wearing what the FBI said were distinctive shoes. They were Nike Air Max Speed Turf shoes that had gray, yellow and black details on them.
In the videos released this week, the person is seen walking on the sidewalk just a few blocks away from the Capitol. He then stops and puts the backdown down, then starts to walk again. He’s also seen walking down an alley and sitting on a park bench.
Both devices that were found were apparently fully functional, according to FBI investigators. They contained homemade black powder and had a windup timer attached to it. They were also made out of a metal pipe that was approximately an inch in diameter.
Luckily, neither of the pipe bombs went off.
What the bombs did do, though, was pull police away from where they normally would have been stationed. This happened about 90 minutes before the people who were involved in the riot ended up storming the Capitol building.
The former chief of the D.C. Capitol Police, Steven Sund, said in the past that he believes those pipe bombs were planted as a diversion. In other words, the suspect was hoping to draw police presence away from the Capitol building so that rioters would face a more limited police presence at the building itself.
When the FBI released the videos this week, they said they were hoping someone in the public might recognize the suspect’s gait, mannerisms or body language that are on display.
FBI agents believe that the suspect could have taken something from a vehicle that was parked just a few blocks away from the Capitol building. This would have occurred on January 5, sometime between 6:30 and 9:30 Eastern Time.
Any information that the public provides that ends up leading to the identification of the suspect in the vehicle could result in a $100,000 from the FBI.