23 July 2010

Suspect in Glendale Colorado Terrorism Arrested

A 34 year old Utah man suspected of having burned down a leather business, the Sheepskin factory, in Glendale, Colorado, as a terrorist act in support of animal rights on April 30 of this year, has been arrested yesterday. He was linked to two other fires including a previously unconnected fire at the Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy, Utah earlier this month.

He allegedly confessed his involvement to a person who informed authorities in July. The authorities then arranged to secretly record a meeting between the informant and the suspect.

On Thursday, with FBI and ATF agents watching, the informant met Bond at the Ramada Inn, 1150 E. Colfax Ave., and audio- and videotaped the meeting, according to the affidavit.

According to the ATF affidavit, the informant, who had had no contact with Bond for more than a dozen years, said he/she came forward because of the fear firefighters might be hurt or killed in the arsons.

During the conversation, Bond told the informant he burned the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale as well as the leather factory and a foie gras restaurant in Utah.

Bond said he used the nickname "Lone Wolf" and the businesses "represented animals wolves typically hunt."

According to the affidavit, Bond said he once lived close to the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale and it angered him that the business profited from animals.

Absent a successful suppression of the evidence, a conviction and long prison term seem very likely.

1 comment:

Andrew Oh-Willeke said...

Not My Tribe exhaustively recounts the facts from a reasonably sympathetic point of view to the defendant. Apparently, he has a prior 1997 arson conviction.

Not My Tribe apparently does not note, but my kids remembered from the Glendale Chronicle account, that there was a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the case.