A mail bomb that burst in the hands of Scottsdale Diversity and Dialogue director Don Logan may have sat unattended in the Civic Center Library up to six days earlier.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Phoenix Police Department held a news conference Monday, asking for the public’s help in landing tips about the Feb. 26 incident.
Several people reported seeing the parcel addressed to Logan at the library on Feb. 21, the morning after the library was closed for a community event, said Postal Inspector John Kurran.
“We figured maybe it was there the night before. We don’t know,” said Patricia Armstrong, postal inspector. The Inspection Service mailed a letter and questionnaires Monday to 136 people who attended “Authors and Appetizers Among Friends” at the library. Logan was invited to the event, but he did not attend.
Sealed in a cardboard box with an address label, the bomb may have been on a table or carousel, according to the letter.
“It was in a very public area, and it was in such a location that it could have easily been seen by one of the participants,” Kurran said at the news
Authorities are asking that anyone who saw a package call the Phoenix police-based Silent Witness program at (480) 948-6377 or (800) 343- 8477. Tips may be submitted anonymously 24 hours a day. A $6,000 award through Silent Witness will be offered for tips resulting in an indictment.
That is in addition to the $100,000 reward the Postal Service is offering for tips leading to an arrest and conviction.
On Feb. 26, the mail bomb addressed to Logan was delivered to his office in the Scottsdale Human Resources building, 7575 E. Main St. Logan opened it at the counter of his assistant, Renita Linyard, while she was on the phone. It detonated and blew a hole through the counter. “The parcel was probably placed at the library and subsequently somehow got into the mail stream, but we don’t know specifically,” Kurran said.
Logan, who has had three surgeries, suffered shrapnel wounds and nerve damage to his hands and arms. He is back at work. Linyard had severe eye trauma and returned to work last week. Jacque Bell was treated at the scene.
Bomb fragments from the 10-by-8-by-4-inch package were sent to the Postal Service’s Crime Laboratory in Dulles, Va., for analysis. A report is pending.
“We have yet to determine a clear and convincing motive. We have several motives that we’re working on,” Kurran said.
Investigators said the package was made with materials that can be purchased at any hardware store.
The Postal Inspection Service is the lead agency in the investigation. The Scottsdale Police Department, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Phoenix Police Department are working together.
Logan has 24-hour security provided by Scottsdale police, and his mail at home and at work is being screened.
“We feel he’s very much at risk,” Kurran said.
Logan, who attended the news conference, said he refuses to be intimidated.
“I’ve been at risk from day one,” said Logan, who has worked for Scottsdale in several jobs for the past 25 years. “When you’re brought up in an inner-city neighborhood, surrounded by crime day in and day out, you’re accustomed to looking over your shoulders. But I’m not going to live my life in fear.”