VIDEO: Cops Seek Person Who Delivered Center City Mailbomb
Philadelphia police are looking for a man they labeled a “person of interest” in the 4 a.m. explosion of a package on the 1800 block of Pine Street last week.
Cops say the man in the video is not necessarily the person who made the mailbomb, but that he is the person who dropped off the package that later exploded in the living room of 60-year-old James Alden. According to a fundraiser page for Alden, he lost parts of his fingers on his left hand and had pieces of shrapnel removed from his chest, arms, and face. More than $20,000 has been raised.
Police describe the suspect as an “Asian male, Wearing a dark colored hat with a baseball cap underneath, blue jacket, blue jeans, white sneakers, and carrying a bag.” At the press conference, police later clarified that they are not sure of the suspect’s gender. Cops also said his hat was “a lumberjack or Elmer Fudd-type of hat.”
Police say they believe the attack to be a targeted one, but say Alden doesn’t know of anyone who would want to send him a mailbomb. Alden is an active member of Philadelphia’s LGBT community, and police previously said they had not ruled out a hate crime motive.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Brooks of the Bomb Disposal Unit at 215-446-7874. Anonymous tips can also be called in to 215.686.8477, texted to 773847 or submitted online. Police say all tips are confidential.