FBI: $10K reward for arrest of person who used IEDs

FBI: $10K reward for arrest of person who used IEDs
Anyone with information regarding this person is being encouraged to call the Coos Bay Police Department at (541)269-8911 or Coos Stop Crime at (541) 267-6666.

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Two incidents involving improvised explosive devices in Coos Bay have led the FBI to offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are also providing assistance.

Late in the evening of August 22, an IED detonated at the base of the Mingus Park Vietnam War Memorial. On September 3, officials say someone placed another IED inside the Prayer Chapel at Second Street and Commercial Avenue in Coos Bay.

The Coos Bay Fire Department and OSP Hazardous Device Technicians were able to disrupt that explosive before it detonated.

At this time, it is not known if the same person or group is responsible for both IED's.

The investigation into both incidents is continuing to be addressed by federal, state, and local personnel.

At the time of arrest, the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon and the District Attorney's Office for Coos County will work together to determine which court system will be used.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are also providing assistance.

The FBI's participation in this case stems from the Church Arson Prevention Act (CAPA), which makes it a violation of federal law to intentionally deface, damage, or destroy any religious real property.

The maximum penalty for violation of the CAPA is 20 years in prison.

The Coos Bay Police Department has released a sketch of a person believed to have been in the vicinity of the Prayer Chapel shortly before the IED was found there.

Witnesses described that person as a white man, approximately 55 years old, 5'6" - 5'7" tall, and about 150 pounds with a shaved head.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI or the Coos Bay Police Department:

Call: Coos Bay Police Department - (541) 269-8911 FBI (Eugene office) - (541) 343-5222 (during normal business hours) FBI (Portland office) - (503) 224-4181 (twenty four hours a day)