A soft-spoken northern California man who was trying to invent a vegan marshmallow is being sought by federal agents for bombing two companies in the name of animal rights, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The suspect is Daniel Andreas San Diego, 25, son of a prominent city official in Marin County, Ca. A bulletin lists him as being armed and dangerous.
An arrest warrant accuses San Diego of planting explosives on Aug. 28 at a biotechnology company and at a firm that makes health, beauty and household products less than a month later. No one was hurt in either incident. Both firms have done business with a research company that uses animals for testing, the Chronicle says. A group called Revolutionary Cells claimed responsibility for the blasts in e-mails.
The key break in the case came when federal agents discovered that a police officer had pulled San Diego over for a traffic violation in the business park where one of the firms is located, shortly before the explosion.
San Diego’s father, Ed, the city manager of Belvedere, Ca., called his son “a very bright and sensitive young man who would refuse to harm anybody or any living thing.” An FBI spokeswoman said, “We believe there is a likelihood that other people were involved in this.”