ARSON AND GRAFFITI INVESTIGATION
Hillsborough, North Carolina - October 16, 2016
Carrboro, North Carolina - September 2015
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading directly to arrest of the person(s) responsible for the arson and vandalism of the Orange County Republican Party headquarters.
The Charlotte Division of the FBI and the Hillsborough Police Department are seeking information from the public to help identify the person or persons responsible for acts of vandalism and arson in North Carolina.
On Sunday, October 16, 2016, the Orange County Republican Party headquarters, located at 347 Ja-Max Drive in Hillsborough, North Carolina, was a victim of arson and graffiti. The building sustained heavy damage inside when several Molotov cocktail-type devices were thrown through the building's front window. No one was inside at the time, and the fire burned itself out before spreading to any other buildings. Federal, state, and local investigators believe the crime occurred sometime between midnight and 8:54 a.m. on October 16, 2016, when a 911 call was made by a nearby business owner. "NAZI REPUBLICANS LEAVE TOWN OR ELSE" was spray-painted on an adjacent building.
A suspect vehicle in this case was seen traveling north on NC-86, and passed under I-85 before entering The Shops at Daniel Boone, located at 110 Boone Square Street in Hillsborough, North Carolina, at approximately 2:55 a.m. on October 16, 2016. The suspect vehicle bypassed all businesses open at that time, and traveled in the direction of the Orange County Republican Party headquarters.
Investigators are also seeking information to determine a possible connection to an incident of vandalism that occurred in Carrboro, North Carolina, in September of 2015. The victim of this vandalism was an outspoken activist, who may have been targeted by the same individual or individuals who committed the arson and vandalism in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
The FBI, the Hillsborough Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Secret Service are working jointly on this investigation.
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