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FBI terrorism task force seeks 65-year-old man in mall bombing attempt
Earl Albert Moore
Federal authorities have released more detailed photos of a man they said tried to “place a destructive device” at a Denver area mall on April 20 and have mounted a nationwide search for him.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation released the photos on April 24, saying Earl Albert Moore, 65, was considered “armed and dangerous and has an extensive criminal background.” The FBI Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating the incident.
The FBI had previously released surveillance camera footage of a man who appears to be Moore entering the Southwest Plaza mall in Jefferson County, CO, through a back entrance shortly before the propane tanks and a pipe bomb were found inside on April 20. The device was discovered after a small fire in the area. The mall was evacuated and several nearby schools were evacuated after the bomb’s discovery. The Jefferson County bomb squad defused the device.
Authorities had previously called the man in the video “a person of interest” in the case.
The mall is located just over a mile from Columbine High School, where two students used propane bombs in a bloody assault of the facility on April 20, 1999. That attack killed 12 students and one teacher.
The Denver Post reported on April 25 that Moore had been released from prison seven days before the incident at the mall. He had been serving a 25 year sentence in West Virginia for armed robbery, but was released after only seven.
The FBI released prison mug shots of Moore on April 24, adding that a nation-wide manhunt for him is currently in progress. Moore, they said, is approximately 200-225 lbs, 6’0” - 6’2” in height, bald, with a gray mustache, and multiple tattoos.
It said Moore also has several aliases, including John Lindzy, Earl Buchanan, Morelli Buchanon, Donald Morelli and Gary Steele and he was last seen wearing glasses. The additional photos show Moore has a large tattoo of a rose on his right bicep, a dagger tattoo on his right forearm and Viking head tattoo on his left forearm,
Local law enforcement in Jefferson County have told reporters there is an urgent need to find Moore “for obvious reasons.”
The FBI urged the public to call 9-1-1 if they know the whereabouts of Moore or the Jeffco Tip Line at (303) 271-5615 to provide information.