The FBI announced Tuesday that it has received “credible intelligence” that FBI Most Wanted Terrorist fugitive Daniel Andreas San Diego may be hiding on Hawaii’s Big Island.
Animal rights activist San Diego – the first domestic fugitive added to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list -- was born in Berkeley.
The 36-year-old San Diego is a former resident of Schellville in Sonoma County. He is wanted for his alleged involvement in three homemade pipe bombs that were detonated in the East Bay more than a decade ago.
On Aug. 28, 2003, two bombs exploded approximately one hour apart on the campus of Chiron Corp., a biotechnology corporation in Emeryville, Calif. Then, on Sept. 26, 2003, one bomb strapped with nails exploded at Shaklee Corp., a nutritional products corporation in Pleasanton, Calif.
His motive in both bombings appears tied to his association with animal rights extremist groups that targeted the two companies claiming they participated in cruel experiments on animals, according to FBI officials.
San Diego, who was last seen in the Bay Area in October 2003, was indicted on felony charges in the bombings in U.S. District Court in San Francisco in July 2004, the FBI said.
According to FBI spokesperson Tom Simon in Honolulu, agents from the Honolulu and San Francisco FBI offices are canvassing specific communities, including Puna and Pahoa, looking for information about his whereabouts.
The FBI describes San Diego as about 6 feet tall and 160 pounds.
He has the following tattoos: A round image of burning hillsides in the center of his chest with the words "It only takes a spark" printed in a semicircle below; burning and collapsing buildings on the sides of his abdomen and back; and a single leafless tree rising from a road in the center of his lower back. These tattoos may have been removed, significantly altered or covered with new tattoos.
He is known to follow a vegan diet, eating no meat or food containing animal products and avoids wearing anything made with animal products.
In the past, San Diego has worked as a computer network specialist and with the operating system LINUX. The FBI thinks he may be using these skills as a form of income.
The FBI is offering a reward of $250,000 for information leading to the capture of San Diego.
Anyone with any information on San Diego should contact their local FBI office.
Information from Bay City News was included in this report.