LONGMONT, Colo. — The FBI hopes an increased reward will give them the information they need to make arrests in connection with a fire at an abortion alternatives ministry in Longmont this summer.
On Saturday, June 25, the Life Choices building at 20 Mountain View Ave. was vandalized and sustained fire and smoke damage as the result of arson, a release says.
According to Longmont Police Chief Jeff Satur, the front of the building was vandalized with black paint that included pro-abortion rights messages including "if abortions aren't safe neither are you" and "bans off our bodies."
He believes there are two suspects in the case because one set of graffiti is in cursive and the other not -- indicating two sets of handwriting.
The fire broke out less than 24 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
In June, Satur said there were no suspects in the case, but the motive seemed pretty clear.
"It's not lost on us the Roe versus Wade Supreme Court decision – the connections are there," he said. "We're well aware of likely why this happened."
Life Choices describes itself on its website as "a Christ-centered ministry providing education, support, healing, and limited medical services for sexual life choices."
Satur said investigators poured through video from neighbors but cleared the people in the video. They even tested the spray paint at the scene and looked into who bought paint in Longmont the day before -- but did not come up with any suspects.
"Somebody knows something, right?" Satur said. "They had to talk to somebody. Somebody had to say something, and that's the tip we need."
FBI Denver is assisting the Longmont Police Department in the investigation. To encourage people to come forward, the FBI increased the reward by $17,500 Wednesday, bringing the total to $20,000.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit a tip online at tips.FBI.gov.
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