A pipe bomb forced the Southwest Plaza Mall to be evacuated Wednesday. (credit: CBS)

LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4) – The FBI has a person of interest in connection with the pipe bomb and propane tanks discovered at the Southwest Plaza Mall in Littleton. Agents are taking a close look at surveillance video which shows what they said is a suspicious-looking person near where the pipe bomb was found.

The FBI's person of interest captured on surveillance at the Southwest Plaza Mall Wednesday morning. (credit: FBI)

The FBI has released these surveillance pictures of the man they are looking for. The subject is describe as a white male, with graying hair, a silver mustache, wearing a dark colored cap with a light colored logo on the front, gray and white horizontally stripped shirt, dark jacket with silver buttons, blue jeans, and dark colored shoes.

The FBI's person of interest captured on surveillance at the Southwest Plaza Mall Wednesday morning. (credit: FBI)

Anyone with information about this man is asked to call Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office tipline at (303) 271-5615. Watch the FBI news conference from the Southwest Plaza Mall on Wednesday night below.

Members of the Jefferson County Bomb Squad found two propane tanks and a pipe bomb inside the mall after a fire broke out near the food court. The mall is expected to remain closed until Thursday.

The fire started at about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday. By 11:59 firefighters with West Metro Fire Rescue had extinguished the fire. Firefighters found a suspicious device at the origin of the fire, including two propane tanks and what was later revealed to be a pipe bomb.

No one is in custody. The investigation involving the FBI and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office continues.

The mall was evacuated as a precaution. Jefferson County officials said there are usually about 6,000 to 10,000 people in the mall around noon each day. About 300 employees also left the mall.

Multiple K-9 units with five dogs conducted sweeps of the mall. The Jefferson County Bomb Squad sent in a bomb robot to investigate the device. They are trying to figure out where the propane tanks and the pipe bomb came from.

When the robot attempted to pick up the pipe bomb, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said it fell apart.

Jefferson County Bomb Squad sent a robot into the Southwest Plaza Mall in Littleton to investigate a pipe bomb. (credit: CBS)

All south end Jefferson County R-1 schools were in lockout as a precaution Wednesday afternoon. By 2:40 p.m that lockout had been lifted.

The mall is about two miles from Columbine High School, where two student killed 12 classmates and a teacher before turning the guns on themselves. Unexploded pipe bombs and propane tanks were found in the school after the shootings.

When asked about a possible connection to the 12th anniversary of the shooting tragedy at Columbine High School Kelley responded, “Ultimately it can’t be ignored that today is the anniversary, it is something that will be looked at and is part of the investigation. It is disturbing that this is today.”

Comments (23)
  1. Mary says:

    it would be interesting if it was related to Columbine being that this guy is old and not the age of a student from when Columbine happened. But there are weird people in this world so you never know. Its really awful and i’m glad that they got this bomb before anyone got hurt.

  2. huihou says:

    oh and by the way, there WERE MANY EXTRA GUNMEN INVOLVED IN COLUMBINE and POLICE INVOLVEMENT AND A COVERUP. ANd many WITNESSES have been killed also. Yes you can bet this was related and done by the same people who carried out the first act, and they are IN YOUR GOVERNMENT or a rich person PROTECTED by this corrupt evil system

  3. huihou says:

    who is the idiot that said “al quaeda” the so-called “terror” organization RAN BY THE CIA? THEM? Nobody intelligent buys any oif that BS anymore


  4. Joe Tee says:

    How about the photo’s of whoever brought the propane tanks and pipe bomb into the mall??? Show us those pics??????

  5. DixT says:

    Disgruntled janitor or security guard??? How else would this man have been able to get TWO propane tanks into the mall without anyone seeing him do that??? That looks like a side door or a back door—WHY aren’t those locked in our post 9/11 world???

  6. yesca says:

    hows a man get caght with a target bag on camera and not seen carring 2 propane tanks and a pipe bomb? wrong guy sherlocks.

  7. Gary says:

    By looking at this guy , he looks to be in his late fifties to middle 60’s, it would not be unreasonable to think that a terrorists organization would attempt to pay an american to do something like this. (Anything is possible in this day an age.

  8. Phlynne says:

    He is carrying what looks like a bag from Target, which is right next door. I would say start looking at Target surveillance as well to find this guy, be nice if he paid with a credit card. I would think his purchase there would be very shortly before he was picked up on mall cameras…say within 30 minutes. I doubt he’d be spending a lot of time at the crime scene. My guess is the bomb and propane were placed there ahead of time…maybe the night before. The camera picks him up the next morning as he comes to start the fire to ignite the bombs. He some how has access to the mall, so look there too. He’s probably local to be so caught up in the ties to the Columbine anniversary. My guess is this guy will be identified, arrested, and charged be the end of the week.
    Maybe it’s just some squirrel who got lost in the mall.

  9. Aeron says:

    The man pictured opening the door looked like he would have left his finger prints on the door handle. Did the FBI pull prints to ID him? Seems obvious.

  10. Eric says:

    11:10-11:59 For Columbine

    So giving whoever did this time to place everything it could very well have almost the same timeline from beginning to end. Some copycat idiot that want’s to be famous, like so many other criminals. I do find it kind of comical that the pipe bomb fell apart, whoever is behind this obviously had less knowledge of explosives than the little over-privileged crybaby mafia did, which was near nothing in the first place.

  11. JK says:

    The Columbine shootings were around 11:30am. The timing is not a coincidence.

    1. bambooA45 says:

      Oh! I didn’t recall what the time was.


      I agree. Or at least I’ll have to ‘eat crow’ (I believe that’s the correct saying to use) if it was simply one-hell-of-a-coincidence.

      1. JK says:

        The timing and maybe people forget that other than the shooting there were pipe bombs and propane tanks that were supposed to explode at Columbine. So it immediately jumped out at me that this was purposely done on the anniversary.

  12. Djoser says:

    A common occurrence for the people of Israel; however, they try not to live in fear because if they do the bad guys win.

    1. bambooA45 says:

      I agree with their perspective.

      I practice this even when encountering street criminals.

      Part of evil people’s psyche is hoping you’ll ‘fear’. So… ‘never let them win’ has always been my motto!


    2. huihou says:

      um in Isreal they ARE the bad guys, torturting and killing kids in response to “rocdkets’ that never seem to hit anything?

      There is no bigger group of liars muderers and thieves than the so-called “jews”

  13. Joe says:

    This is a very serious crime!! Whoever did it will face life in prison for this federal offense!

    1. Joe Tee says:

      Thanks Joey…we were wondering what will happen to whoever set this thing up?????

  14. bambooA45 says:

    Uh huh.

    SW Plaza, which is Columbine’s mall for those who live there. And on the Columbine anniversary? And by a food court at the height of lunch rush?

    Picking a date that has meaning nationally? Much like the underwear bomber picked xmas day – a date meaning something to everyone?

    Al Quaeda ring a bell?

  15. MG says:

    Near the food court , not caused by the food court? Half a story isnt a story… get it up to date

    1. bambooA45 says:

      MG –

      Yeah, caused by the food court. You see, they always have a reason to have a pipe bomb around!

      1. MG says:

        take a look at the timestamp (appx 2 hrs after it started), When I made that comment they had no info on this report except a fire… with out any known cause, baboon

    2. Terri says:

      There are lots of older men that look like that from an overhead view when they’re wearing a baseball cap. The video doesn’t give us a clear view of his face. I hope that the right person is identified when the search is narrowed. I’d hate to see an innocent person being charged with a crime as serious as this as much as I’d hate to see the guilty person never being caught. Whoever did this is very deranged and may strike again.

Leave a Reply