FBI ups reward for elusive Capitol Hill pipe bomber to $500,000

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FBI ups reward for elusive Capitol Hill pipe bomber to $500,000

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FBI officials are raising the reward for information on the person who planted pipe bombs in Washington, D.C., in January 2021 to $500,000.

Law enforcement is adamant that identifying the perpetrator remains a priority as the two-year mark nears and the assailant remains at large. A video shows the person placing two pipe bombs near the Republican National Committee’s and the Democratic National Committee’s respective headquarters on the eve of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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“With the significantly increased reward, we urge those who may have previously hesitated to contact us — or who may not have realized they had important information — to review the information on our website and come forward with anything relevant,” said David Sundberg, the assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office.

Previously, the reward for information sat at $100,000. Neither of the bombs detonated, but it caused major security concerns with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris having reportedly been driven near one of the bombs. She was also inside the DNC building for about two hours on Jan. 6 before she was evacuated after it got discovered.

So far, the FBI and its partners have conducted some 1,000 interviews, combed through about 500 tips, amassed roughly 39,000 video files, and visited over 1,200 locations in its investigation, per a press release from the bureau. Authorities previously released security footage and images of the assailant, but they have not yet made any known arrests in the case.

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“For two years, a dedicated team of FBI agents, analysts, and law enforcement partners have been tirelessly reviewing evidence and digital media related to this case,” Sundberg said.

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Additional details about what the FBI knows “cannot be released in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation,” but the bureau explained it is seeking any relevant information. Tips can be submitted at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or at tips.fbi.gov.

Over 900 people have been charged in connection with the Capitol riot, including about 430 who have pleaded guilty to various crimes and just over 500 who have been sentenced, per the Associated Press.

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