Man Arrested for Firebombing Pro-Life Center – FBI Matches DNA to Suspect’s Burrito

Wisconsin man Hridindu Sankar Roychowdhury, 29, of Madison, was arrested and was charged Tuesday for allegedly setting fire to the Wisconsin Family Action office in May after leaving a half-eaten burrito at the scene. The bombing was right after the leak of the U.S. Supreme Court abortion ruling Dobbs v. Jackson, according to the Department of Justice.

According to the federal criminal complaint, on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2022, at approximately 6:06 a.m., law enforcement responded to an active fire at an office building in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Once inside the building, police observed a mason jar under a broken window; the jar was broken, and the lid and screw top was burned black. The police also saw a purple disposable lighter near the mason jar. On the opposite wall from the window, the police saw another mason jar with the lid on and a blue cloth tucked into the top; the fabric was singed. The jar was about half full of a clear fluid that smelled like an accelerant.

Wisconsin Family Action Office

Outside of the building, someone spray-painted on one wall, “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either,” and, on another wall, a large “A” with a circle around it and the number “1312.” During the investigation, law enforcement collected DNA from the attack scene.

In March 2023, Law enforcement identified Roychowdhury as a suspect after investigating a separate graffiti incident at the Wisconsin State Capitol and tracing a vehicle used by the suspects to the house where Roychowdhury lives.

Local police officers observed Roychowdhury dispose of food in a public trash can; the officers recovered the leftover food consisting of a half-eaten burrito and related items in a brown paper bag, and law enforcement collected DNA from the food.

On March 17, 2023, law enforcement advised that a forensic biologist examined the DNA evidence recovered from the attack scene and compared it to the DNA collected from the food contents. The forensic biologist found the two samples matched and likely were the same individual.

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The Department of Justice believed Roychowdhury might have been trying to flee the country. Earlier this month, he traveled from Madison, Wisconsin, to Portland, Maine, then purchased a one-way ticket from Boston to Guatemala City, Guatemala, departing Tuesday. Law enforcement said they arrested Roychowdhury at Boston Logan International Airport.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael E. Hensle of the Milwaukee Field Office said his agency remained “vigilant” throughout the investigation, working with local authorities to track down the suspect.

“The FBI conducts investigations when someone crosses the line from expression of protected personal beliefs to violations of federal law,” Hensle said. “We remained vigilant during this investigation and worked with our law enforcement partners to methodically and thoroughly address every aspect of this act of violence. The arrest today represents these efforts and highlights the work done by law enforcement to protect the safety of our citizens.”

Roychowdhury is charged with attempting to cause damage using fire or an explosive. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in federal prison.

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