BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — Several law enforcement agencies Wednesday announced a $100,000 reward in connection with a firebomb attack that targeted several families at a Boyle Heights apartment complex.
A series of small fires was set May 12 with Molotov cocktails at the Ramona Gardens Housing Project in the 1300 block of Vanegas Lane.
At least eight unidentified suspects were caught on video throwing the devices into four apartments.
CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen spoke with two of the victims of the attack. One of them said he saw eight young men wearing hooded sweat shirts running from the scene.
No injuries were reported, but neighbors expressed concern that the attacks might spark racial tensions among the black victims and the complex’s predominantly Latino residents.
Los Angeles police said 95 percent of the tenants are Latino, while only 3 percent are black.
KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports while a motive for the fires was never established, three of the four homes targeted were occupied by black families, which the FBI’s Tim Delaney said could prove to be the reason behind the incident.