DNA From Burrito Ties Wisconsin Man to Anti-Abortion Workplace Firebombing

A Wisconsin man was charged Tuesday with fire-bombing the headquarters of an anti-abortion group final Could after federal investigators pieced collectively a forensic path of proof that ended with {a partially} eaten burrito.

DNA exams, handwriting evaluation, social media posts, and surveillance video led authorities to Hridindu Roychowdhury, 29, who was arrested at Boston’s Logan Airport as he was about to board a flight to Guatemala.

A legal criticism says he’s the one that threw Molotov cocktails into the Madison workplaces of Wisconsin Household Motion and spray-painted “If abortions aren’t secure then you definately aren’t both” on the surface wall.

The wrongdoer—who struck after a draft of the Supreme Court docket ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade was leaked—was sloppy, and left behind loads of proof.

One man’s DNA was discovered on swabs of the highest and backside of the workplace’s glass window, the surface of the jar used within the firebombing, a lighter, and a blue fabric that was tucked into one of many Molotov cocktails.

The DNA was run by way of legislation enforcement databases however did not match any present profiles, and the hunt for the assailant ran chilly. However in January, in line with the criticism, an illustration on the Wisconsin State Capitol to protest the taking pictures of an activist at Cop Metropolis in Atlanta gave authorities the break they wanted.

Surveillance video captured a person spray-painting the phrases “We’ll get revenge” in the identical cursive because the graffiti at Wisconsin Household Motion. Investigators then reviewed safety footage from a close-by car parking zone and noticed the suspect and a companion strolling into the storage and driving out in a white Tacoma truck.

The license plate on the truck was traced to a house in Madison. The feds then decided that an Instagram account that marketed the protest on the Capitol was tied to Roychowdhury, who lives on the similar handle because the Tacoma proprietor.

It seems investigators started surveilling Roychowdhury, and on March 1 they adopted him to a park-and-ride lot in Madison and watched him toss a fast-food bag on a pile of trash.

“Regulation enforcement retrieved the bag from the trash,” the criticism states. “The contents of the bag included 1 / 4 portion of {a partially} eaten burrito wrapped in waxed paper, a dirty serviette, a crumpled serviette, a stack of napkins, the wrapper of the burrito, a crumpled meals wrapper, 4 unopened sizzling sauce packets, and the brown paper bag itself.”

All of that went to the lab for evaluation and on March 17 a forensic biologist matched the DNA to the samples from the firebombing scene, prosecutors stated.

Roychowdhury, who was a analysis assistant on the College of Wisconsin-Madison till final yr, is charged with one rely of trying to trigger injury via fireplace or an explosive. His lawyer declined to talk to the Related Press after an preliminary listening to.