Bridgeport police ask public for help identifying bomb suspect

Bridgeport police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect who delivered a hand grenade to the Margaret E. Morton Government Center last month.

Bridgeport-bomb-suspect-2On Feb. 27, a man delivered a hand grenade concealed in a coffee cup to the police Internal Affairs Office at 999 Broad St. The suspect handed the cup to a witness on the sidewalk near the State Street entrance. The unwitting man then delivered it as instructed to Internal Affairs.

The State Police Bomb Squad recovered and ultimately destroyed the grenade. Their preliminary test showed that it was filled with a low-grade explosive powder, which they believe to be smokeless gunpowder. Police are awaiting confirmation of that by the State Laboratory.

The grenade was most likely purchased as a souvenir. They can be purchased from a nearby store for $14, according to Bridgeport police.

The bomb technician stated that the grenade could not have detonated due to its poor construction. However, it does appear that the suspect intended to make and use it as an explosive device.

Detectives Todd Hoben and Martin Heanue have recovered several videos from the area, including several from buses that passed the building in the time that the suspect was on scene.

The suspect is a black male, approximately 35 years old, 6 feet tall, medium build, with scruffy hair. He was wearing a waist-length coat with a belt and had on a light colored hat.

The suspect was  driving a 2003 to 2009 black Toyota 4-Runner with tinted windows, 5-point rims, a roof rack, chrome door handles, and rain guards over the driver’s and passenger’s windows. The vehicle had a Connecticut plate on the rear and no plate on the front.

Photographs and video from a passing bus show the suspect and his vehicle.

Anyone having information regarding this should contact Detective Hoben at 203-581-5247.

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