6 months after Capitol insurrection, the suspect who planted pipe bombs near the DNC and RNC headquarters has not been arrested

The suspect who planted the pipe bombs was captured in surveillance video.
The suspect who planted the pipe bombs was captured in surveillance video.

  • The suspect who planted two pipe bombs near the RNC and DNC headquarters has not yet been arrested by authorities.
  • The FBI is offering a $100,000 for tips or information on the suspect.
  • Nearly 550 suspected rioters have been arrested in connection with the Capitol insurrection on January 6.
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The suspect who planted two pipe bombs in Washington, DC, ahead of January 6 has yet to be arrested, six months after the Capitol insurrection.

A mob of pro-Trump supporters breached the Capitol six months ago on January 6, the same day Congress was set to certify then-President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election. More than 500 suspected rioters are facing charges in connection with the riot.

The Associated Press reported in January that the pipe bombs were placed the night before rioters descended upon the Capitol – one behind the headquarters of the Republican National Committee and the other next to a park bench near the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

Police discovered the pipe bombs – filled with black explosive powder and fitted with egg timers – around 1 p.m. local time on January 6, shortly after rioters confronted Capitol Police officers. Surveillance footage captured the suspect wearing a grey hooded sweater and carrying a backpack while placing the pipe bombs between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. local time on January 5.

“The unknown individual wore a face mask, a grey hooded sweatshirt, and black and light grey Nike Air
Max Speed Turf shoes with a yellow logo,” according to a press release from the FBI.

The FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for tips and information on identifying the suspect.

DC Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said during a House Oversight Committee hearing in May that “that investigation continues on.”

During the same hearing, Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton told lawmakers that the pipe bombs could have been planted as a “diversion,” after three teams were dispatched to investigate the incident, leaving one team to guard the Capitol on January 6.

“If those pipe bombs were intended to be a diversion, it worked,” Bolton said during his testimony.

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