The FBI released new surveillance video on Tuesday as authorities continue to investigate who planted pipe bombs outside the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC on the day of the Capitol riot.
According to the FBI, two pipe bombs were planted near the Democratic and Republican party headquarters on January 5, the night before the Capitol insurgency.
The videos, which show a masked individual wearing a hood moving through neighborhoods and near the RNC and DNC, provide a better look at a masked individual who is wearing a hood as the person moves through neighborhoods and near the RNC and DNC.
At one point, the person comes to a halt and wipes their glasses clean. They also take a seat near the DNC on a table. In January, the FBI released a wanted poster of the perpetrator, who was dressed in yellow, black, and gray Nike Air Max Speed Turf shoes, along with enhanced images of the shoes and photos of the equipment. The bombs were planted between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. on January 5, the night before the insurgency, according to authorities.
In a video statement, FBI assistant director in charge Steven D’Antuono said, “We hope the information released today will help anyone identify the perpetrator, or something about them.”
“One device was placed in an alley behind the RNC,” D’Antuono said. “The other was placed next to a park bench near the DNC.”
In addition to releasing the suspect’s physical description, the FBI urged the public to come forward with any details about individuals who might have changed their actions prior to, during, or after the January 6 insurgency.
The devices were rigged to egg timers and loaded with explosive material, according to CNN. The explosives were safely detonated at the scene by robots after officers from the ATF, FBI, US Capitol Police, and DC Metropolitan Police rushed to the scene at the two offices, which are less than a quarter mile apart and just blocks south of the Capitol.
According to an account given to lawmakers by the acting chief of the US Capitol in January and the FBI poster, the bombs were discovered within minutes of each other around 1 p.m. ET on January 6, just as a mob of angry supporters of then-President Donald Trump descended on the building after a nearby rally with the President.
The FBI, in collaboration with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, is offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to the identification of the individual responsible for the explosives’ placement. They are asking people to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit tips online at Tips.fbi.gov, which can be submitted anonymously.