08-13-2015, 11:55 AM #1
NM - Help Find Who Placed Bombs At 3 Churches, Las Cruces, 2 Aug 2015
The FBI and its federal, state, and local law enforcement partners investigating the explosions at two Las Cruces churches announced two significant developments in the case Friday.
The FBI said it is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the explosions that went off within 22 minutes of each other at Calvary Baptist Church and Holy Cross Catholic Church on August 2, 2015.
Nobody was injured in either explosion, and the resulting damage was minor. It is likely the explosions were related.These posts are In My Opinion only!
08-13-2015, 12:00 PM #2
the video, the man, who authorities are not calling a suspect, appears to be carrying a package or bag. He is also seen wearing a blue, short-sleeved T-shirt, plaid shorts and hiking boots.
The second explosion went off about 20 minutes later inside a trash container near the entrance to Holy Cross Catholic Church. No injuries were reported in either incident, but authorities said the devices could have caused serious harm or death.
"Somebody out there knows something about this person or these explosive devices, and we want to talk to you," said Carol Lee, the FBI's special agent in charge for New Mexico, who spoke during a Friday news conference at City Hall in Las Cruces along with other officials, including Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez.These posts are In My Opinion only!
08-13-2015, 12:15 PM #3
The description, thus far, of a person they want to speak with is:
- An Adult Male
- Carrying a package or bag
- Wearing A dark blue short sleeved t-shirt, plaid shorts & hiking bootsThese posts are In My Opinion only!
08-13-2015, 01:40 PM #4
"It doesn't appear to be coincidental because of the timing, but you never know," Trujillo told The Associated Press.
Several agencies including the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and New Mexico State Police are assisting with the investigation.
Gov. Susana Martinez said whoever set off the explosions "will feel the full pressure of the law."These posts are In My Opinion only!
08-13-2015, 01:58 PM #5
Updated: 08/11/2015 6:49 PM | Created: 08/11/2015 6:40 PM
By: Tessa Mentus, KOB Eyewitness News 4
What happened in Las Cruces more than a week ago was terrifying, and the person that planted bombs at two churches in Las Cruces is still free.
For the first time Tuesday, we got a look inside one of the churches as the bomb went off.
"Take this all of you and eat it," the priest is heard saying, just before a loud bang. They heard it, but at that point, no one inside Holy Cross Catholic Church knew what it was.These posts are In My Opinion only!
08-14-2015, 12:47 PM #6
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BREAKING: Suspicious device found at First Presbyterian Church in Las Cruces
POSTED: 08/14/2015 09:52:25 AM MDT
LAS CRUCES >>Las Cruces Police stated in a news release they learned that a groundskeeper at First Presbyterian Church located a suspicious device before calling 911. No other details are available at this time.
Boutz Road, between El Paseo Road and south Main Street, is closed to traffic. Police are asking the public to avoid the area at this time.
The Doņa Ana County Bomb Squad has been dispatched to the church, and investigators from several local, state and federal agencies will be working together on this incident, the release stated.
I am hoping they do not find anything in this one.These posts are In My Opinion only!
08-14-2015, 12:50 PM #7
Robin Zielinski (@Ikillthelight): https://twitter.com/Ikillthelight?s=09
Source: Suspicious package at First presbyterian on Boutz. @CrucesSunNews
Images from the scene: Suspicious package at First Presbyterian. @CrucesSunNews http://t.co/VyAGFd9Kqf
DASO going to disable bomb now. Asking all perimeter units to get cover. #scannerThese posts are In My Opinion only!
08-14-2015, 02:37 PM #8
UPDATE: 12:20 a.m.
Officials lift the shelter-in-place at Las Cruces High School.
UPDATE: 11:35 a.m.
LAS CRUCES >> A suspicious device found by a groundskeeper at a Las Cruces church Friday morning has been disabled by a local bomb unit.
Authorities are carrying out a search of the First Presbyterian Church campus, 200 E. Boutz Road, using bomb-sniffing dogs to make sure there are no other devices.
Las Cruces police have blocked off streets in the vicinity of the church throughout the morning.
A groundskeeper called 911 after finding the device, according to the Las Cruces Pol
I was able to take this screen shot from the video at this link. I am trying to see if I can make anything out that has not been identified yet.These posts are In My Opinion only!
08-14-2015, 02:39 PM #9
From this video here is a screenshot of the person they are looking to speak with.
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08-14-2015, 03:18 PM #10
Las Cruces Police (@LasCrucesPolice): https://twitter.com/LasCrucesPolice?s=09
Suspicious Device Rendered Safe; Portion of Boutz Road Remains Closed
The suspicious device found Friday morning... http://t.co/65E9dhgyP5
They are not saying what the suspicious package was today, just that it was rendered safe.These posts are In My Opinion only!
08-15-2015, 11:31 AM #11
> For the third time in a two-week span, authorities swarmed a Las Cruces church on Friday morning, where a groundskeeper found a suspicious device hidden in a plastic sprinkler box.
The maintenance worker discovered the device about 9:30 a.m. on the grounds of First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Boutz Road, according to the Las Cruces Police Department. The church is across the street from Las Cruces High School.
Montoya was unable to provide specific details about the device. He said the device was going to be handed over to officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for further analysis.
The Rev. Norman Story, pastor of First Presbyterian, said the groundskeeper told him the device resembled a pipe, which had batteries as well as a timing device.
"I'm no expert, but it looked like a bomb," Story said.
Story said the device was found outside near a sidewalk by the church sanctuary, an area that does not have security cameras.
Montoya said the groundskeeper found the device by a sprinkler head, which was covered by a plastic box.
"It certainly was out of sight," Story said.
How scary this is for this community!These posts are In My Opinion only!
08-21-2015, 10:47 AM #12
LAS CRUCES, N.M. Two homemade bombs exploded early this month during busy Sunday services at Roman Catholic and Baptist churches here, while a third, undetonated explosive was discovered on Friday near a leaking sprinkler valve at a Presbyterian church, fueling unease in this placid city in southern New Mexico, the second largest in the state.
Still, more than two weeks after the explosions, the local and federal authorities have yet to uncover a plausible motive, a potential suspect or a clear link among the churches other than their shared Christianity.These posts are In My Opinion only!
08-21-2015, 10:49 AM #13
I think the title of this thread may need changed to now say 3 churches. I will alert on my own post for the mods to possibly make a change.These posts are In My Opinion only!
08-21-2015, 10:54 AM #14