Washington DC on edge as ‘explosive devices’ and Molotov cocktail explode outside Nike store, Truist ATM and Safeway supermarket with suspect on the loose
- The Metropolitan Police are still looking for the person responsible.
- The attacks occurred within minutes of each other at Truist Bank, a Nike store and a Safeway. There was damage at each site, but no injuries were reported.
- MPD seeks public help and offers up to $20,000 reward
A manhunt is underway for the person who targeted multiple businesses in northeast Washington, DC, with explosive devices and a ‘Molotov cocktail-style object.’
The attacks occurred just minutes apart at Truist Bank, a Nike store and a Safeway supermarket in ‘The District’ overnight, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
Police are seeking the public’s help to help apprehend the suspect and the department is offering a reward of up to $20,000.
There was damage at each site, police said, but no injuries were reported.
The person who targeted Truist Bank, the Nike store and Safeway in northeast Washington, DC with explosive devices and a ‘Molotov cocktail-style object’ is being sought.
The first incident occurred at 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning when someone set off an explosive device on the sidewalk outside the ATM at the Truist Bank on Washington Place NE and then fled the scene in a vehicle, MPD said.
Minutes later, at approximately 4:36 am, the suspect detonated an explosive device on the sidewalk in front of the doors of the Nike store on H Street.
The third offense occurred at 4:45 a.m. when, this time, the suspect threw a Molotov cocktail at the Safeway on 40th Street before fleeing.
The Metropolitan Police said that in all three incidents, it appears that the suspect targeted commercial establishments, but it does not appear that the suspect targeted any members of the public.
No motive for the attack has been released and police have not released a suspect description.
Anyone who may have information about these incidents, including video or photos from either location, is encouraged to call MPD at (202) 727-9099 or text the Department’s TEXT TIPS LINE at 50411.
MPD is currently offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these crimes.
In partnership with MPD, the Washington Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Field Division is offering an additional $10,000, bringing the total possible award amount in this case to $20,000.