The Charlotte Division of the FBI and the Hillsborough Police Department are seeking the public’s help in solving the GOP firebombing that took place in October 2016.
The firebombing took place at the Orange County Republican Party headquarters. The damage was extensive, however, the fire took place after hours and no one was injured.
From the FBI website:
The Charlotte Division of the FBI and the Hillsborough Police Department are seeking information from the public to help identify the person or persons responsible for an arson and graffiti committed at the Orange County Republican Party headquarters that occurred on Sunday, October 16, 2016.
The headquarters located at 347 Ja-Max Drive sustained heavy damage inside when a Molotov cocktail type device was thrown through the front window of the building.
No one was inside at the time and the fire burned itself out before spreading to any other buildings.
Federal, state, and local investigators believe the crime occurred sometime between midnight and 8:54 a.m. Oct. 16, when a 911 call was made by a nearby business owner. Graffiti was also spray painted on an adjacent building.
The Hillsborough Police Department, FBI, SBI, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Secret Service are working jointly on the investigation.
The FBI asks that anyone who has information about this GOP firebombing and graffiti case should contact the Hillsborough Police Department’s tip line at (919) 732-3975 or the FBI’s Charlotte Division at (704) 672-6100, option #2.
A downloadable flier is with the same information about the case is also available.
American Lens had not launched yet, however, one of our cameramen was on the scene at the time and took photos of the damage.
In addition to being firebombed, the words, “Nazi Republicans Leave Town Or Else” was spray painted on the side of the building (above right) along with a swastika.
Note: American Lens has been working with social media users across the nation to locate similar graffiti to what was painted on the side of the building. Take notice of the distinct R’s, P’s and E’s. If you have a tip, you can contact us anonymously at email: contact (at) americanlens.com