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Published On: Sat, Jun 29th, 2019

FBI Offers Reward for Information on Washington Church Display Defacement

The FBI’s Seattle Field Office; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Seattle Field Division; and the Renton Police Department in Washington State are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for June 2019 acts of vandalism at the United Church of Renton, Washington. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact law enforcement.

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The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for defacing an outdoor display at the United Church of Renton in Renton, Washington, on June 19, 2019. Other reward money may be available.
On June 19, 2019, at approximately 2:30 a.m., an unknown individual (or individuals) used explosive devices to deface an outdoor display at the United Church of Renton in Renton, Washington.

The display featured multi-colored doors, each painted with a different word from the phrase “God’s doors are open to all.” It is believed that the subject(s) also wrote “Leviticus 20:13” on one of the doors. This display was previously vandalized during the evening hours of June 13, 2019, when parts of the display were knocked down. The display was also defaced with explosive devices at approximately 10:00 p.m. on June 16, 2019.

The ongoing criminal investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Seattle Division; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Seattle Field Division; and the Renton Police Department.

Anyone with information should contact the FBI’s Seattle Field Office at (206) 622-0460 or Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be reported anonymously at tips.fbi.gov. You may also contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

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