ST. LOUIS COUNTY - St. Louis County Police are still searching for the man who set off an explosion outside Moline Elementary School last week.
On Tuesday, law enforcement released surveillance footage of the suspect and are offering a $5,000 reward.
The school district’s safety director is optimistic that releasing this surveillance footage will lead to an arrest for the sake of parents, students and staff confused and scared by what happened.
It was an ordinary school day last Wednesday, when suddenly, an explosion went off outside the building around lunchtime. No one was hurt, and the school was immediately evacuated.
Now, surveillance video from Moline Elementary shows that just after noon that day, a black male wearing dark clothing and a light colored bucket hat placed an item just outside the Kindergarten entrance, then walked away. Officers said the man then left a second suspicious package in the same area, which turned out to be empty.
Investigators are still analyzing the content of the explosive package.
Because so many questions about the explosion, suspect and motive remain unanswered, the FBI is assisting the St. Louis Regional Bomb & Arson Unit.
Investigators hope the suspect’s clothing and his unusual walk will help viewers identify him.
“It’s a little scary for kids to be involved in that, that’s why we’re taking it very seriously," said Sgt. Shawn McGuire of the St. Louis County Police Department. "We’re using all the resources we can to capture this person. We don’t know what his intent was.”
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000.00 for information leading to an arrest in this case. If you have any information, contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.