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Police are hoping the security video and a $65,000 reward offer will help authorities find the suspect. Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst has the details.
The FBI and NYPD released new video Tuesday of the suspect in the 2008 bombing of an armed forces recruiting station in Times Square, and announced a reward of up to $65,000 for information leading to the arrest.
The video shows a shadowy figure on a bicycle riding up to the recruiting station, moments before the bomb exploded on March 6, 2008. No one was injured in the attack.
“Someone, somewhere, knows something about a bomber who’s still on the run,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos. “Today we’re asking for the public’s assistance in finding those responsible and encouraging the public to look closely at these photos and video, which could be the key to breaking the case.”
Authorities say the suspect was riding a blue Ross bicycle, and came from the east. He is believed to have ridden west on 37th Street, up Sixth Avenue, west on 47th Street and then down Seventh Avenue to the station, and the video released Tuesday shows that path.
Authorities say he rode away south on Broadway after planting the bomb, and police later found a Ross 10-speed bicycle in a Dumpster on East 38th Street that they believe belonged to the bomber.
Although the suspect appears to be working alone, he or she may have had a lookout or surveillance team of as many as five other individuals in Times Square at the time of the attack.
At the bomb scene, investigators recovered a metal ammunition can filled halfway with black powder and detonated with a fuse.
The device is believed to be similar to two other unsolved bombings by a suspect on a bicycle in Manhattan -- one outside the British consulate on East 42nd Street in 2005 and another outside the Mexican consulate on East 37th Street in 2007.
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