Bridgeport Police are asking for help to identify the man who delivered a hand grenade to the Margaret E. Morton Government Center last month.
On Feb. 27, a man who has not yet been identified delivered a hand grenade concealed in a coffee cup to the police internal affairs office at 999 Broad Street. He handed the cup to a man who was on the sidewalk near the State Street entrance and told him to deliver it to internal affairs, police said.
The man, not knowing that there was anything suspicious in the cup, brought it to internal affairs, according to investigators.
The state police bomb squad recovered and ultimately destroyed the grenade, the kind of which is available at a nearby store for about $14, police said.
It was filled with a low-grade explosive powder believed to be smokeless gunpowder, according to preliminary report, police are waiting for the state laboratory to confirm that.
Police think the man intended to use the grenade as an explosive, but a bomb technician told investigators that it could not have detonated because of its poor construction,
The man police are looking for is around 35 years old, 6-feet-tall, with a medium build and scruffy hair.
He was wearing a waist-length coat with a belt and had on a light-colored hat on the day of the incident.
He was driving a black Toyota 4-Runner with tinted windows, model year 2003 to 2009, police said. It has five-point rims, a roof rack, chrome door handles and rain guards over the driver’s and passenger’s windows.
The vehicle has a Connecticut plate on the rear and no plate on the front.
Anyone having information regarding this should contact Detective Hoben at 203-581-5247.
Police supplies surveillance video, which detectives Todd Hoben and Martin Heanue recovered from the area.
The vehicle police are looking for is parked at the curb and pulls in front of the bus.