The FBI is hoping that two distinctive tattoos will lead them to suspected animal rights bomber Daniel Andreas San Diego.
San Diego, 27, is the only named suspect in the 2003 bombings of Chiron Corp. and Shaklee Corp.
The FBI obtained an arrest warrant for San Diego in October 2003, but he eluded their surveillance and he has not been heard from since.
In their investigation of San Diego, FBI investigators learned that he has a black-and-white tattoo of a building in ruins with flames in the background on his stomach, and a colored burning pastoral scene in the center of his chest.
In April, the FBI released the following artists rendering of the tattoos:
The FBI is offering a reward of $50,000 for information leading directly to San Diego’s arrest and anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact their local FBI office or American embassy or consulate.
San Diego is believed to be armed and dangerous and is known to possess a 9mm handgun according to the FBI.
FBI hopes fugitive’s tattoos will lead to tips. Stacy Finz and Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, April 21, 2005.
In early September federal prosecutors filed a motion to revoke Kevin Kjonaas’ bail. Kjonaas was charged earlier this year with federal stalking and conspiracy to commit stalking charges. He and others were granted bail on the condition they refrain from “disseminating any personal or private information about company employees and their families, and from threatening or inducing others to threaten anyone.”
Federal prosecutors claimed that a violent protest at the home of a Chiron employee was coordinated by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, and that Kjonaas ” as the president of SHAC — is responsible for its activities.”
But on September 15, 2004, U.S. District Judge Mary Cooper ruled that there was no proof that Kjonaas was responsible for the protest and that he could remain free on bail.
The New Jersey Star Ledger reported that federal prosecutors indicated that they plan to ask Judge Cooper to impose restrictions on SHAC itself and also plan to add federal harassment charges against Kjonaas and three other defendants.
Animal activist stays free on bail despite accusations of violence. Jonathan Schuppe, New Jersey Star-Ledger, September 16, 2004.
Federal prosecutors this week asked a judge to revoke the bail of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty’s Kevin Kjonaas and jail him until his upcoming trial on charges of conspiracy to terrorize, interstate stalking, and conspiracy to commit interstate stalking.
As part of his bail terms, Kjonaas is barred from “disseminating any personal or private information about company employees and their families, and from threatening or inducing others to threaten anyone.”
Federal prosecutors claim that Kjonaas violated the terms of his bail when activists showed up to protest at the home of Chiron counsel William Green on August 15. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles McKenna and Ricardo Solano argued in their motion that,
There is clear and convincing evidence that the attack on Green’s home was coordinated by SHAC-USA, and defendant (Kevin) Kjonaas — as the president of SHAC — is responsible for its activities.
McKenna and Solano note that the protest was publicized on SHAC’s web site, that demonstrators carried a banner displaying the URL to SHAC’s web site, and that leaflets were passed out on SHAC stationery.
Kjonaas’ attorney, Isabel McGinty, responded that her client had resigned as president of SHAC almost two weeks before the protest, and besides the protesters identified themselves as being with the Animal Rights Direct Action Coalition.
Feds want animal rights activist in jail. John Martin, New Jersey Star-Ledger, September 7, 2004.
In February, Chiron Corporation was granted an injunction in Great Britain that establishes exclusions zones around both company property and employees homes where animal rights activist may not protest. The ban was extended in March and mirrors similar legal orders that are designed to protect Huntingdon Life Sciences and companies associated with it.
The ban protects about 900 Chiron staff members throughout Great Britain. Chiron’s lawyer told the court that 20 activists had “invaded” the company’s Liverpool site on January 20.
In September, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified an individual it wants to question in connection with the explosion of bombs at Chiron Corp. in Emeryville, California.
Bjorn Einertsen, 26 was being sought for questioning after witnesses reported that a 1986 Dodge van with license plates registered to Einertsen was seen leaving the scene after the bombing. Einertsen is only wanted for questioning at the moment, and is not necessarily a suspect in the bombing.
In 2001 Einertsen was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer at a house party in Portland, Oregon.
The FBI initially also sought Sweet Mensoff, 28 and Joni Ruppel, 22. Mensoff contacted the FBI and told the that she had been at a nightclub at the time of the bombing. She apparently was sought for questioning because she had previously allowed Einertsen to use her residence as a mailing address.
Ruppel lives in New York and told ABC New she hadn’t left New York since April of 2003. Like Wesoff, she had in the past allowed Einertsen to use her residence in Oregon as a mailing address last year.
Possible Emeryville Bombing Suspect? ABC-7, September 4, 2003.