SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/AP) –The F.B.I. has been on the hunt Daniel Andreas San Diego, described as a “domestic terrorist fugitive”, for several years and now a tip that he may have been seen in the Northampton area has the agency urging the public for their help.
In an Wednesday afternoon press conference, F.B.I. Special Agent in Charge Rick DesLauriers asked the public to be on the lookout for 33-year-old Daniel Andreas San Diego.
The computer specialist from Berkeley, Calif., is accused in bombings at biotechnology firm Chiron Corp. in Emeryville, and nutrition and cosmetics company Shaklee Corp. in Pleasanton. No one was injured.
Two pipe bomb explosions struck an hour apart at Chiron on Aug. 28, 2003. A bomb strapped with nails exploded at Shaklee on Sept. 26, 2003. The blasts caused only minor damage, including some shattered windows.
A group calling itself “Revolutionary Cells” took responsibility, saying the companies were targeted for their ties to a research company that experimented on animals.
DesLauriers says that a recent “substantial and promising” tip received by their San Francisco field office has led them to the Pioneer Valley. He said that the tip indicated that he may have been spotted in the Northampton area.
San Diego, who is considered armed and dangerous, is about 6′ tall, weighs about 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. The Berkeley, California native has several tattoos on his body, including a round image of burning hillsides in the center of this his chest, with the words “It Only Takes A Spark” written under it, and images of burning and collapsing buildings on his sides.
DesLauriers also points out that San Diego is known to not eat anything that is meat related or contains animal products. Because of his tattoos, San Diego may also reluctant to take off his shirt, DesLauriers adds, and that answers to questions may be “vague and contradictory.”
Wednesday night people in Northampton were reacting to an alleged terrorist in their community.
“If he came here he came to be hidden,” said E.J. Welch, Northampton.
“As long as we all keep our eyes open. Here you know its not to busy,” said Joe Sherry, Northampton.
Many weren’t surprised San Diego would choose Northampton as a possible hiding location because of it’s many vegan friendly food venues.
“It would seem a little obvious. If that’s how you are known maybe you would hide out someplace not known for that,” said Briana Tonboulin, Northampton.
“Northampton being very liberal it doesn’t surprise me that there would be an extreme of an animal rights person,” said Judy Rys, Northampton.
The F.B.I. has offered a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of San Diego. Anyone with information is asked to contact either the F.B.I. office in Boston at (617) 742-5533 or the San Francisco field office at (415) 553-7400.
FROM THE ARCHIVES: 2003 F.B.I. Press Conference
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.