FBI offers reward for information on suspect in pro-life pregnancy center arson in Buffalo area

AMHERST, N.Y. —  The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who shares information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people suspected of deliberately setting a pro-life pregnancy center on fire on June 7.

The fire at CompassCare Pregnancy Services, which the FBI declared as arson, happened in Amherst just southeast of Buffalo. The president of CompassCare said the office in Amherst was vandalized and the organization received online and in-person threats prior to the fire. 

The FBI shared video of a suspect. The FBI said the suspect threw Molotov cocktails at the center, which started the fire, and the words “Jane was here” were found spraypainted on the side of the building. Compasscare’s president said the message was a reference to a pro-choice extremist group Jane’s Revenge.

Here’s the information from the FBI:

The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals responsible for the arson of the CompassCare Pregnancy Services Center at 1230 Eggert Road, Amherst, New York, on June 7, 2022.

At approximately 2:45 a.m., the Amherst Police Department received a 911 call regarding a fire at the CompassCare Center. Individual(s) had thrown Molotov cocktails at the Center. This started a fire that caused significant damage. One of the individuals spray-painted the words “Jane was here” on the building. The FBI believes the individuals drove a 2013 to 2016 red or orange Dodge Dart sedan. Suspect 1 is estimated to be approximately 5’11”.

This criminal act is a violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 844(i), Destruction by Means of a Fire or Explosive, which carries a penalty of up to twenty (20) years in federal prison, and potentially a violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 248(a)(3), Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances.

How to submit a tip:

If you have any information regarding this case, or recognize these individuals, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). You may also contact your local FBI office, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or you can submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

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