Unknown Suspects
El Monte, California
January 23, 2021

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The FBI is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the individuals responsible for the bombing of the First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, California, on January 23, 2021.


At approximately 1:00 a.m., the El Monte Police Department received its first 9-1-1 call regarding an explosion at the First Works Baptist Church, located at 2600 Tyler Avenue in El Monte. The police department responded and discovered a post-blast scene at the church.


It is reported that a male and female suspect were observed smashing a church window, then lighting an object and throwing it inside the church shortly before the explosion. The suspects then fled on foot to a vehicle, which they entered before fleeing the scene.


The male suspect was described as Hispanic, between 5’8” and 6’1”, and weighing approximately 170 to 180 pounds. The female suspect was described as Hispanic, between 5’3” and 5’5”, and weighing approximately 125 to 135 pounds.

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