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Reward offered in anti-gang booby trap case

March 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Riverside County supervisors are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever tried to kill anti-gang officers at their Hemet headquarters.Last month, a member of the anti-gang task force was opening a gate at the headquarters when he was nearly struck by a bullet.

It turns out that someone had rigged up a booby trap, capable of firing a round. Hemet police say it was an improvised homemade device, capable of firing an actual bullet.

In December, authorities discovered that someone had redirected a gas line to the building, causing the office to fill with dangerous gas. Investigators say it would have taken just one match or spark to trigger an explosion that could have killed officers and damaged the whole block.

Riverside county Supervisor Jeff Stone blames gangs for the attacks. The anti-gang squad is reportedly moving its Hemet headquarters to an undisclosed location.

Hemet police are asking anyone with any information about the attacks to call (951) 765-2400.