FBI Releases Poster, State Offers Reward to Help Solve GOP Building Attack
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
As the investigation continues into an arson and graffiti attack at the Orange County Republican Party headquarters, the reach of a publicity campaign to solve the crime is being expanded.
The FBI has created a “Seeking Information” poster that will be featured on multiple websites, including www.fbi.gov, and shared across numerous social media platforms, including the Town of Hillsborough and the FBI’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
The state also is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime.
“We continue to work to narrow the timeline of when the attack occurred, and the public is a very valuable resource to help us do that,” Hillsborough Police Chief Duane Hampton said.
In the early hours of Oct. 16, a bottle containing flammable material was thrown through a front window of the Orange County Republican Party headquarters, located at 347 Ja-Max Drive in the Shops at Daniel Boone. The device extinguished on its own but caused heavy smoke damage and some fire damage to the building. Graffiti also was spray-painted on the side of an adjacent building at 353 Ja-Max Drive.
The crime is being investigated jointly by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Investigative steps include canvassing and conducting interviews in the area; following up on tips; seeking additional evidence; and processing collected evidence. No information is available yet on video footage collected yesterday from locations near the crime scene.
Report a tip
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to:
- Contact Hillsborough Investigator Jon Purvis by email or by phone at 919-732-9381, ext. 37.
- Report information anonymously through the town’s website.
- Call the Hillsborough Police Department’s tip line at 919-732-3975. The phone line is routed directly to voicemail and does not record callers’ phone numbers.
- Contact the FBI at 704-672-6100. Select Option 2 to report suspicious activity or a possible federal crime.
- Contact the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.