In their efforts to find a very dangerous Hawaii terror suspect, the FBI recently began posting his picture on billboards across America. As the Associated Press reported on March 12, the Hawaii terror suspect, 36-year-old Daniel Andreas San Diego, is believed to be on the states's big island.
Pictures of San Diego appear on electronic billboards from Calif. to Massachusetts and along the Canadian border, the FBI said. Federal agents from Honolulu and San Francisco have intensified the search for the terror suspect in several communities in Hawaii, including Puna and Pāhoa.
Regarding the search for the Hawaii terror suspect, Honolulu FBI Special Agent Tom Simon said: “He may or may not actually be on Hawaiʻi Island, but we are taking this lead seriously out of genuine concern for local residents.”
Maui News reports that FBI officials want San Diego because he is the prime suspect in the bombing of two office buildings in the San Francisco area on Aug. 28, 2003.
He is accused of placing two bombs, which exploded approximately one hour apart, at the premises of a biotechnology company in Emeryville, Calif. and at a nutritional products company in Pleasanton, Calif., a month later. No one was injured in the attacks but authorities say that San Diego intended to kill because the second bomb was set to critically injure first responders.
San Diego's prime target, Chiron Corp., has long been targeted by extremist animal advocates because of their work with drugs and chemicals in experimental animals. The AP reports that San Diego has ties to animal rights extremist groups and is a vegan who doesn't eat food containing animal products.
The FBI had San Diego under 24-hour surveillance when researchers saw his car parked near the center on the evening of Oct. 6, 2003.
Authorities have since lost track, but they have received reported sightings of the terror suspect from around the world.
Late last year, the FBI asked for the public's help in locating San Diego, who grew up in a upper middle class suburb of Marin County, north of San Francisco.
“We hope that people on the Big Island may like the idea of a quarter million dollars more than they like having an accused bomber hiding in their community,” said Simon.
San Diego is on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist fugitives list but authorities explained that an indictment is only an accusation and all defendants are considered innocent unless or until they are found guilty in court.
As of the time of this report, agents from several organizations are actively pursuing the Hawaii terror suspect and updates to this story will posted here as they are made available.