On August 22nd, an IED was detonated at the Mingus Park Vietnam War Memorial. On September 3rd, a second one was left at the prayer chapel. Experts disarmed it before it detonated.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or people responsible.
Police released a sketch of a person believed to have been near the prayer chapel shortly before the explosive was found there. Witnesses say he’s a white man, about 55 years old, 5’6″ – 5’7″ tall, and about 150 pounds with a shaved head.
Oregon State Police say this incident is being investigated by federal, state, and local agencies. The FBI are involved in this as investigation as well, due to the Church Arson Prevention Act (CAPA), which makes it a violation of federal law to intentionally deface, damage, or destroy any religious property because of the religious character of that property. The maximum penalty for violation of the CAPA is 20 years in prison.
If you have information, contact the FBI or Coos Bay Police.