Police target mysterious pipe bomber

Updated: 12/02/2013 5:43 PM | Created: 12/02/2013 4:05 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Law enforcement officers from across New Mexico have formed a task force aimed at tracking down and capturing the mysterious bomber who threw two potentially deadly pipe bombs near UNM on Nov. 21.

It was broad daylight, a busy day at the state Probation & Parole office eon Monte Vista.  Security camera images show a man on a high speed motorcycle throwing two objects and zipping away.  They turned out to be pipebombs and the Albuquerque Police Bomb Squad destroyed them before they could explode. Now federal, state and local police have a message for that bomber and anybody who’s helping to hide him.

“It’s not acceptable,” said state Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel, whose department includes Parole & Probation. “There is a shelf life on your freedom at this point. We’re coming and we’re not going to tolerate it!”

Officers call it an attack on the entire community, not just a parole office.

“We take it very seriously because of how blatant this act was,” said Joe Marquez, resident agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. “ At that time of day there were people in that building so this was a very serious offense. That’s why we’re all working together.”

Cops compare the attack to things that happen in Iraq and Afghanistan and other countries.

“What we do know is that New Mexico is not Iraq and Albuquerque is not Fallujah,” marcantel said. “We’re not going to tolerate these types of attacks, nor can we.”

Police say they don’t know the bomber’s motive, and they don’t know whether the Monte Vista attack is linked to a Molotov cocktail attack on another parole office in Downtown Albuquerque six days earlier.

ATF agents are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the bomber. Informants may remain anonymous through the Crimestoppers program.  The hotline is 843-STOP.

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