AR-News: (US) Los Angeles: Firebombing Suspect's Home Searched
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Mon Sep 15 15:31:15 EDT 2003
[from Infoshop News]
More than 50 investigators scoured the Pomona home of a 25-year-old
environmental activist arrested in connection with the firebombing of a
West Covina Hummer dealership, departing Saturday with seized items that
included hair brushes, anarchist literature and lamp oil.
Josh Connole remained in jail in the West Covina Police Department on
$825,000 bail. He was arrested early Friday morning by FBI agents, three
weeks after vandals acting in the name of a radical environmental
organization struck four car dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley,
setting fire to one Chevrolet dealership and destroying or defacing dozens
of Hummers and other sport utility vehicles.
Among the items agents were authorized to seize: any literature having to
do with the Earth Liberation Front, a loose association of militant
environmentalists who claimed responsibility for the attacks. Agents also
sought literature on Earth First!, another activist environmental group,
and "any depictions pictorial or written, memorializing the arson and
The Earth Liberation Front issued a statement on Saturday saying Connole's
arrest had been made "on what appears to be nonexistent grounds."
"We believe this arrest is part of a pattern of harassment the FBI has
been visiting on activists in Southern California," the group said in an
e-mail response to a Times e-mail inquiry.
Co-op residents said no one at the co-op is affiliated with the Earth
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