SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (CBS SF) — A Berkeley animal rights activist wanted in the 2003 bombings at two corporate offices the East Bay may be hiding out in western Massachusetts, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday.
Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the Boston FBI office, said authorities had received a “credible and viable” tip from the television show “America’s Most Wanted” that 33-year-old Daniel Andreas San Diego could be in the Northampton area.
Andreas is one of 31 people on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list, but he’s the only one without an Arabic name. There is currently a $250,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
FBI agents said they were seeking the public’s help and urged anybody with information as to the whereabouts of San Diego to call the FBI in Boston at 617-742-5533 or in San Francisco at 415-553-7400.
San Diego was described by the FBI as a white with a light complexion, 6’0”, 160 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. Authorities said he has several tattoos — including a round image of burning hillsides in the center of his chest with the words “It only takes a spark” printed in a semicircle below, burning and collapsing buildings on the sides of his abdomen and back, and a single leafless tree rising from a road in the center of his lower back.
The computer specialist who attended Terra Linda High School in San Rafael is accused in the bombings at biotechnology firm Chiron Corp. in Emeryville and nutrition and cosmetics company Shaklee Corp. in Pleasanton. No one was injured in either blast.
A group calling itself “Revolutionary Cells” took responsibility, saying the companies were targeted for their ties to a research company that experimented on animals.
A federal arrest warrant was issued for San Diego in October 2003, but the FBI said he disappeared from Northern California before he could be taken into custody. Since then, the search for him has spanned the globe – involving authorities in over a dozen countries.
“Several years of living as a wanted fugitive may have forced San Diego to engage in secretive behavior, and this deception may spill over into other areas of his life: he may be vague or contradictory about his past history, routinely use prepaid cell phones or calling cards, or often change his e-mail address,” the FBI said in a statement.
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