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FBI Intensifies Effort to Unmask Capitol Pipe Bomber

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The pipe bomb suspect is being sought by the FBI.
The pipe bomb suspect is being sought by the FBI. (Screenshot)

Despite hundreds of convictions in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, a significant enigma still envelops the identity of the individual responsible for planting two pipe bombs outside the Democratic National Committee’s office on the eve of the attack.

Among the convicted are members of far-right extremist groups, former police officers, an Olympic gold medalist swimmer, and active-duty U.S. Marines. The trials, guilty plea hearings, and sentencings are ongoing at Washington’s federal courthouse, where, notably, former President Donald Trump is slated to stand trial in March for allegedly conspiring to overturn the 2020 election in the lead-up to the Capitol breach.

Over 1,230 individuals have been charged with federal crimes related to the riot, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies like assaulting police officers and seditious conspiracy. Approximately 730 have pleaded guilty, and around 170 have been convicted at trials. Notably, only two defendants have been acquitted of all charges, both in judge-decided trials.

While more than 750 people have been sentenced, the search for suspects persists. Authorities are actively pursuing over 80 individuals implicated in violent acts at the Capitol. The mysterious pipe bomber, however, remains at large, prompting authorities to increase the reward to $500,000 for information leading to their arrest.

The investigation into the pipe bomber has spanned three years, with investigators conducting interviews, analyzing evidence, and sifting through tips from the public. Despite these efforts, the identity of the person who planted the explosives on January 5, 2021, remains elusive.

Footage released by the FBI shows an individual donned in a gray hooded sweatshirt, a face mask, and gloves, seemingly placing an explosive beneath a bench outside the DNC. Additionally, the video captures the same person strolling in an alley adjacent to the RNC, moments preceding the placement of a second bomb. Notably, the individual was seen wearing Nike Air Max Speed Turf sneakers in black and light gray, adorned with a distinctive yellow logo.

As the federal courthouse witnesses ongoing proceedings, a significant development on the horizon is a case heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. This case challenges the use of the obstruction of an official proceeding charge against Jan. 6 defendants, a charge faced by more than 300 individuals, including Trump.

Moreover, the hunt continues for dozens of individuals involved in assaulting law enforcement during the riot, with some defendants having fled after being charged. The statute of limitations for these crimes is set at five years, requiring charges by January 6, 2026.

As the nation grapples with the aftermath of the Capitol riot, the mysterious pipe bomber’s identity remains a haunting question mark, symbolizing an unresolved chapter in one of the most significant criminal investigations in American history.

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