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- The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution
- July 30, 1996
- Section: LOCAL OLYMPICS
- Edition: The Atlanta Journal
- Page: X1
- Memo: This story was archived from a Replate edition of The Atlanta Journal.
- ATLANTA EXTRA
- P.M. EDITION
- FBI suspects `hero' guard may have planted bomb
- Kathy Scruggs and Ron Martz STAFF WRITERS
- The security guard who first alerted police to the pipe bomb that exploded in Centennial Olympic Park is the focus of the
- federal investigation into the incident that resulted in two deaths and injured more than 100.
- Richard Jewell, 33, a former law enforcement officer, fits the profile of the lone bomber. This profile generally includes a
- frustrated white man who is a former police officer, member of the military or police "wannabe" who seeks to become a hero.
- Jewell has become a celebrity in the wake of the bombing, making an appearance this morning at the reopened park with
- Katie Couric on the Today Show. He also has approached newspapers, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, seeking
- publicity for his actions.
- He has told members of the media that he spotted a suspicious knapsack near the tower that was damaged in the blast. He
- said he reported the find to the GBI agent and helped move people from the area.
- FBI agents are reviewing hours of professional and amateur video tape to see if Jewell is spotted setting down the military-
- issue backpack that contained the bomb. Acquaintances have told agents that he owned a similar knapsack. Agents have
- not seen Jewell in NBC tape of the 20 minutes following the blast.
- Three undercover law enforcement cars were parked outside his mother's apartment on Buford Highway this afternoon. He
- refused to open the door when a reporter from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution knocked.
- Jewell resigned two former law enforcement jobs in north Georgia, the latest at Piedmont College on May 21. He also was a
- deputy sheriff at the Habersham County Sheriff's Department, where he received bomb training.
- Just before the Olympics Jewell got a job with Anthony Davis Associates, a Los Angeles security firm hired by AT&T after
- the company dismissed Borg-Warner Security Corp.after allegations of theft by employees.
- Investigators are checking to see if his voice matches that of a 911 caller who phoned in a warning of the park bomb. The
- call was placed from a phone a few minutes' walk from the park.
- Agents also are checking an earlier report from a plumber that pipes were stolen from his contruction area near the park.
- Staff writer Kent E. Walker contributed to this article.
- Copyright 1996 The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution