An arrest was finally made in the case of the firebombing of a Wisconsin pro-life office in the days following the leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday announced it had taken 29-year-old Hridindu Sankar Roychowdhury into custody. The accused was arrested at a Boston airport and charged with the May 8 attack on the Wisconsin Family Action office.
Prosecutors said the suspect recently left Wisconsin and purchased a one-way airline ticket from Boston to Guatemala City.
Authorities credited evidence gleaned from DNA samples taken from a partially eaten burrito found at the scene with the arrest. Samples were also recovered from the incendiary device and a lighter recovered by law enforcement.
The pro-life organization’s office suffered serious damage when Molotov cocktails were hurled through its windows and started a fire. The building’s exterior was also painted with the warning, “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.”
I think this may be the first arrest for any of the anti-anti-abortion arsons that occurred last year. The article is bare-bones and has no background on the perpetrator.https://t.co/vcGOcNxU9M
"U.S. arrests man for firebombing Wisconsin anti-abortion group's office"
— Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) March 28, 2023
The terrorist act came six days after the May 2 leak of the draft decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was published in Politico. A wave of left-wing threats and violence swept the nation, and multiple pro-life organizations and even churches came under attack.
Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen laid out the details.
In a press release, he alleged that “Mr. Roychowdhury used an incendiary device in violation of federal law in connection with his efforts to terrorize and intimidate a private organization.”
Olsen added that law enforcement personnel “worked exhaustively” to bring about an arrest in the violent incident.
Part of the investigation centered on a separate graffiti incident at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Officials tracked a truck used by the suspects to a residence where Roychowdhury lived and identified him as a suspect.
The target in the May attack, Wisconsin Family Action, states its mission is to “advance Judeo-Christian principles and values in Wisconsin by strengthening, preserving, and promoting marriage, family, life, and liberty.”
Conservatives leveled criticism at the DOJ during the months following the firebombing and other terrorist acts against Christian organizations. Many charged there was a disparity in the government’s enthusiasm to solve the cases based on the targets.