Appeal made to public in NYC bombing

April 2, 2008 8:46:58 PM PDT
Still stumped by an explosion last month in Times Square, police are again asking for the public's help tracing the origins of a bicycle they believe was used by the bomber. Police on Wednesday rereleased a photo of the blue Ross 10-speed discovered in a trash bin along the route they believe the hooded cyclist took following the March 6 pre-dawn attack on a military recruiting office.

The New York Police Department says it hopes someone might recognize the bike and provide clues about where it came from.

A $15,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.

Investigators suspect the Times Square incident may be related to two previous makeshift bomb attacks on consulates around Manhattan.

In October, two small explosive devices were tossed over a fence at the Mexican Consulate, shattering windows. Police said they believed someone on a bicycle threw the devices.

At the time, police said they were investigating whether the blast was connected to a nearly identical bombing at the British consulate on May 5, 2005.

In all three attacks, there have been no injuries and no one has taken credit.

Witnesses to the explosion described seeing a hooded man on a bike acting suspiciously.

The bomb, contained in a metal ammunition box, produced a sudden flash and a billowing cloud of white smoke, prompting a full-scale emergency response.