New Video Shows 2008 Bike Bomber Riding to Recruiting Station in Times Square, Reward Offered

Authorities have not made any arrests in the 2008 bombing at the armed forces recruiting station

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    Police are hoping the security video and a $65,000 reward offer will help authorities find the suspect. Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst has the details. (Published Thursday, Jun 20, 2013)

    The FBI and NYPD released new video Tuesday of the suspect in the 2008 bombing of an armed forces recruiting station in Times Square, and announced a reward of up to $65,000 for information leading to the arrest.

    The video shows a shadowy figure on a bicycle riding up to the recruiting station, moments before the bomb exploded on March 6, 2008. No one was injured in the attack.

    WATCH: Times Sq Bike Bomber Plants Explosive

    [NY] WATCH: 2008 Times Square Bike Bomber Plants Explosive at Military Recruiting Station
    The FBI released new surveillance video that tracks the bike-riding suspect in the 2008 Times Square military recruiting station bombing from 37th Street to the device drop-off point. The surveillance video also captures the moments before and after the explosion. (Published Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013)

    “Someone, somewhere, knows something about a bomber who’s still on the run,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos. “Today we’re asking for the public’s assistance in finding those responsible and encouraging the public to look closely at these photos and video, which could be the key to breaking the case.”

    Authorities say the suspect was riding a blue Ross bicycle, and came from the east. He is believed to have ridden west on 37th Street, up Sixth Avenue, west on 47th Street and then down Seventh Avenue to the station, and the video released Tuesday shows that path.

    Authorities say he rode away south on Broadway after planting the bomb, and police later found a Ross 10-speed bicycle in a Dumpster on East 38th Street that they believe belonged to the bomber.

    Although the suspect appears to be working alone, he or she may have had a lookout or surveillance team of as many as five other individuals in Times Square at the time of the attack.

    At the bomb scene, investigators recovered a metal ammunition can filled halfway with black powder and detonated with a fuse.

    The device is believed to be similar to two other unsolved bombings by a suspect on a bicycle in Manhattan -- one outside the British consulate on East 42nd Street in 2005 and another outside the Mexican consulate on East 37th Street in 2007.

    The FBI tipline is 212-384-1000.