FBI says fugitive had components in car
An animal rights activist wanted on charges that he set off explosions at two Bay Area companies was in possession of components and ingredients to make bombs when he ditched federal agents tailing him. This is the first time authorities have disclosed the evidence they say links suspect Daniel Andreas San Diego to the recent predawn blasts. The bombings have drawn national attention during a summer of increasing attacks by animal rights activists and environmentalists. FBI agents continue to search for San Diego, a 25-year-old Sonoma man, who officials say, gave FBI agents the slip early last week as they followed his car to San Francisco, where they hoped to watch his activities. At the time, investigators had already issued an arrest warrant for San Diego and filed a complaint in federal court charging him with the Aug. 28 bombings of Chiron Corp., a biotechnology firm in Emeryville, and the Sept. 26 explosion at Shaklee Corp., a Pleasanton company that sells health, beauty and household products. Agents apparently wanted to monitor him before making an arrest.
But by Oct. 6, San Diego had managed to escape the federal agents, abandoning his Honda Civic on a San Francisco street. Agents searched the car, finding chemicals and bomb parts consistent with the devices used in the attacks on Chiron and Shaklee, law enforcement sources told The Chronicle.
|Which would be a good move... |
Shortly after the bombings, a group calling itself Revolutionary Cells took blame for the blasts in an anonymous e-mail sent to followers of the animal rights movement. It said it targeted the two companies because of their ties to Huntingdon Life Sciences. The New Jersey research firm conducts drug and chemical experiments on animals for clients that Shaklee's parent company, Yamanouchi Consumer Inc., and Chiron. In the notes from Revolutionary Cells, descriptions were given of the explosives used in each case. Authorities say that the materials found in San Diego's car are similar. San Diego's father, the city manager of Belvedere in Marin County, and his mother have made a public plea for their son to contact San Francisco attorney Jim Collins and turn himself in.
|Pop's a city manager in Marin County, huh? Wonder where the kid picked up his politix? |
Posted by: Fred Pruitt 2003-10-12