Graffiti found at FBI office in Harford Co.

Anniversary of bombing in Oklahoma City noted

April 14, 2001|By Gail Gibson | Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF

Federal authorities plan to increase security at an FBI satellite office in Harford County next week after agents discovered menacing graffiti on a bureau parking space.

In yellow spray paint, someone had listed Ruby Ridge, Waco and Oklahoma City, followed by "Bel Air" and the date "4-19-01."

April 19 is the sixth anniversary of the bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Convicted bomber Timothy J. McVeigh has said his actions that day were motivated in part by law enforcement clashes at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and at Waco, Texas.

White supremacist Randy Weaver's wife and son were shot and killed in a standoff with federal agents at Ruby Ridge in 1992. Eight months later, dozens of members of the Branch Davidian sect died in a fire after a 51-day standoff with federal officers in Waco ended April 19, 1993.

The painted message was found Monday morning on a parking space that is marked only as being for "Suite 2" within a larger Harford County office building at 35 Fulford Ave., said Special Agent Peter A. Gulotta Jr., spokesman for the bureau's Baltimore field office.

Agents are investigating the graffiti as a possible domestic terrorism threat, Gulotta said. He said security will be increased in the area next week.

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