FBI Offers $20K Reward For Arrest, Conviction Of Suspected Cheesecake Factory Bomber In Pasadena

PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Friday released security video of a man suspected of throwing an explosive device into a Pasadena restaurant in February.

Security video taken from a nearby Ralphs shortly after the explosion showed the man walking past a grocery aisle with a “distinctive gait.” He walked with his left foot turning inward, Deirdre Fike of the FBI said.

The suspect was seen carrying a bag and tossing it into a trash can outside the supermarket. The bag contained dark clothing he apparently wore when he threw the device into the restaurant, according to police.

The blast happened at 6:08 p.m. on Feb. 2 at Cheesecake Factory on W. Colorado Boulevard. Officers immediately evacuated everyone and located the detonated explosive device, Pasadena police said. No one was hurt.

“We know the device was homemade. We know it was incendiary. We know it did detonate,” said Chief Phillip Sanchez of the Pasadena Police Department. “This could run the gamut – from an elaborate prank, as suggested earlier, to something much more sophisticated than that.”

According to the FBI, the suspect had a dark, full, thick beard and a mustache. He is about 6 feet tall with a thin build.

Anyone who has seen the man or know his whereabouts is urged to call the FBI at (800) 225-5324 or contact Pasadena police at (626) 744-4241.

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