James Murphy was detained in Texas by the FBI in connection with an incident
in 2006 at a construction site for town houses.
FBI has arrested an environmental activist in connection with the attempted
arson of unfinished town homes in Pasadena in 2006, authorities said today.
James Murphy, 43, was arrested without incident Wednesday at his home in
Arlington , Texas , after being named in a criminal complaint filed last
week in U.S. District Court, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.According
to the complaint, the Pasadena Fire Department responded to a construction
site on Sept. 19, 2006, and found what it described as a "crude incendiary
device" made from cigarettes that had failed to ignite.
said DNA found on the cigarettes matched Murphy's DNA, which was in a state
Department of Justice database stemming from a previous arrest in California
day, workers at the site could not start a tractor, where a note had been
written in permanent marker that read, "ANOTHER TRACTOR DECOMMISSIONED
BY THE E.L.F," federal officials said. Investigators found that someone
had tampered with the tractor's ignition system.
and local investigators theorized that E.L.F. was shorthand for the Earth
Liberation Front, a radical environmental group that has used vandalism
and violence, including arson, to further its cause. FBI officials say the
attacks, which have occurred nationwide, have led to millions of dollars
in property damage.
judge in Texas today denied bail for Murphy and ordered him transferred
to Los Angeles to face charges in connection with the case.