FBI investigating Laurelhurst Park bombing, witnesses needed
Police are again asking eyewitnesses to the detonation of an explosive device in Laurelhurst Park on Saturday, Aug. 8, to contact them to help the investigation.
In a Tuesday afternoon press release, the Portland Police Bureau said a person named as a suspect on social media has contacted them, but no eye witnesses have come forward to help with the investigation.
Police said the possible suspect, Louis Garrick Fernbaugh, has a lawyer and has not made a statement. Although police have now obtained an unexploded device taken from the scene, that is apparently not enough for an arrest.
"Mr. Fernbaugh has not been cleared at this time and unless a witness, who was actually present, comes forward to investigators connecting him directly to the crime, he will not be arrested," police said in the Aug. 18 statement.
According to police, the FBI is now assisting with the investigation.
No one is known to have been hurt in the incident, which took place while protesters were in the park planning their activities. Police have only seen social media postings that appear to show an explosive device going off in the park.
Police originally issued a press release last Tuesday saying they have not actually recovered the device in the picture, nor have they been contacted by any eyewitnesses to assist with the investigation. Names of potential suspects circulating in the media have not been verified, police said on Aug. 11.
"PPB has reviewed social media reports and videos involving the explosive device from Laurelhurst Park on August 8, 2020. PPB Investigators have received multiple emails demanding action in this case and they are working hard to get answers. As of today, no in-person witness, someone who was actually there, has come forward to assist in the investigation," according to the police press release. "Investigators would like to remind the public that PPB still needs in-person witnesses and/or potential victims to come forward. Detailed in-person witness accounts are crucial in moving this case forward. Those with knowledge who have spoken to the press are encouraged to contact investigators."
Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.
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