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FBI searching for accused bomber on Big Isle

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:54 p.m. HST, Mar 11, 2014

FBI agents from Honolulu and San Francisco are canvassing Hawaii island communities, such as Puna and Pahoa, for information on the whereabouts of a fugitive wanted in connection with the bombing of two buildings in California.

Daniel Andreas San Diego, 36, was indicted in 2003 in connection with the bombings. On Aug. 28, 2003, two bombs exploded approximately one hour apart on the campus of a biotechnology corporation in Emeryville. Then, on Sept. 26, 2003, one bomb strapped with nails exploded at a nutritional products corporation in Pleasanton.

A federal arrest warrant was issued for San Diego in October 2003. In April 2009, he was added to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List, making him the first domestic terrorist placed on this list. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $250,000 for information leading to his capture. 

Honolulu FBI Special Agent Tom Simon said Tuesday, "He may or may not actually be on Hawaii island, but we are taking this lead seriously out of genuine concern for local residents."

Simon added, "It's important to recognize that this guy is considered armed and dangerous. If you know where he is, please just call it in. We don't want anyone getting hurt trying to be a hero."

San Diego, who was a California resident, was described in October 2003 as a white male with a light complexion, 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. He had several tattoos, to include: a round image of burning hillsides in the center of his chest with the words "It only takes a spark" printed in a semicircle below; burning and collapsing buildings on the sides of his abdomen and back; and a single leafless tree rising from a road in the center of his lower back. These tattoos may have been removed, significantly altered or covered with new tattoos.

At the time of his disappearance, San Diego ate neither meat nor any food containing animal products. The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) assessed if he has maintained this discipline, people around him may notice that he avoids consuming or wearing anything made with animal products.

Anyone with information to provide can call the FBI's Honolulu office at 808-566-4300. Simon added, "If Hawaii island residents would help the FBI by circulating the fugitive's photos on their social networks, we'd sure appreciate it."  

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