Voice of the
Informant used in arrest of Walter
Bond for "A.L.F. Lone Wolf" arsons
is emerging, but the FBI has arrested a man in connection with the A.L.F.
arson at Sheepskin Factory in Denver, Colorado. Walter Bond, 34, was arrested
by federal agents Thursday.
FBI alleges Bond admitted to an informant to setting two additional fires
- one at Tandy Leather Factory, the other at Tiburon (foie gras restaurant),
both in Utah. In anonymous communiques, "A.L.F. Lone Wolf" took
credit. The criminal
complaint outlines the case against Walter Bond, and alleges the following:
July 1st, investigators received a call from a confidential informant wishing
to provide information on the Sheepskin Factory and Tandy Leather Factory
arsons. The informant stated Bond had told him/her in a telephone call from
the Salt Lake City library to refer to Voice of the Voiceless and scroll
down to an article on the Sheepskin Factory arson to learn what he'd "been
up to lately".
July 22nd, the confidential informant arranged a monitored conversation
with Walter Bond in a Ramada Inn in Denver, Colorado. Investigators allege
Bond was heard admitting to three arsons: Sheepskin Factory, Leather Factory,
and Tiburon. Bond was arrested subsequent to the conversation.
arrest follows three months of A.L.F. activity in which three businesses
(in UT and CO) were targeted by arson. "A.L.F. Lone Wolf" took
credit for all three arsons in two communiques. Coverage of the arsons can
be read at:
Factory arson story
Leather Factory arson story
restaurant arson story
Bond is charged only with the Sheepskin Factory arson. The crime carries
a mandatory minimum of 5 years in federal prison. Additional charges for
the two Utah arsons are possible.
suspect also served prison time in 1997 for an arson at a meth lab in Iowa.
Bond received notoriety when the vegan straight edge band Earth Crisis wrote
a song about Bond and the arson titled "To
Ashes" for their 2009 album "To The Death".
criminal complaint makes note of the term "Go Vegan" used in one
of the Long Wolf communiques, and Bond's "Vegan" neck tattoo (see
The timeline of events
leading to Walter Bond's arrest, as outlined in the criminal
complaint, are as follows:
Fire destroys Sheepskin Factory store in Denver, Colorado. The uninsured
building is destroyed, causing $500,000 damages. Investigators review security
camera footage showing an individual wearing a hooded sweatshirt and backpack
near the building around the time of the fire.
The Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah is broken into and a fire
is set causing extensive damage.
The FBI receives a call from a confidential informant, stating Walter Bond
had admitted to him/her he was responsible for two fires: the Sheepskin
Factory arson, and a second fire at Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City,
Utah. The informant stated he/she believed Bond contacted him/her from a
payphone at the Salt Lake City Library. When asked what he had been up to
lately, Bond reportedly told the informant to visit http://www.voiceofthevoiceless.org,
and that that's what he'd "been up to".
Tiburon, a restaurant serving foie gras in Sandy, Utah, is set on fire.
Damages estimated at $10,000.
The informant arranges a meeting with Walter Bond at a Ramada Inn in Denver,
Colorado. The meeting is recorded and monitored by the ATF. Agents state
they hear Bond admit to setting the fires at Sheepskin Factory, Leather
Factory, and Tiburon. Bond reportedly stated it angered him the business
made a profit from animals. Agents also report he stated he intended to
burn Sheepskin Factory down again "in a couple of years".
to the monitored conversation, agents arrest Walter Bond. On his person
they allegedly find a copy of "Declaration
of War - Killing People to Save Animals and the Environment".
remains held in a Denver jail.
news on the arrest will be made available as it emerges