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FBI seeking bomber who tossed Molotov cocktails into police post

December 8, 2011 |  6:22 pm

The FBI is offering $5,000 for help in finding and prosecuting the person who authorities say threw two Molotov cocktails at a police outpost near UC Santa Barbara last month and left taunting graffiti messages.

A surveillance video released by the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department on Thursday shows a suspect hurling two projectiles at the Isla Vista foot patrol building about 7:45 p.m. on Nov. 15.

The devices did not injure anyone. But they caused damage to the exterior of the foot patrol building in the 6500 block of Trigo Road in Isla Vista and caused a windshield on a nearby patrol vehicle to shatter, authorities said.

A witness reported seeing a lone person, dressed in black, running south from the scene. On the next day, graffiti containing references to the attack was found on and around Snidecor Hall, located on the UC Santa Barbara campus about 500 yards from the bombing site, Santa Barbara sheriff's deputies said.

The markings included the words "Crazy Irish," possibly the suspect's moniker, officials say.

Investigators ask that anyone with information call the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department at (805) 681-4100, the sheriff’s anonymous tip line at (805) 681-4171 or the FBI at (805) 642-3995.


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