Novartis Bombing Suspect still at large 10 years later

Published On March 4, 2014 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

I’ll never forget it because it was literally the week I moved to Emeryville (My tenure here literally “started with a BANG” 😉 On Aug. 28, 2003, Daniel Andreas San Diego allegedly detonated two bombs at the Novartis Corporate office (then Chiron Corporation before they were acquired by the Switzerland based multinational pharmaceutical company). 10 years later, he’s still on the run and recent local sightings have given the FBI reasons to renew their efforts of apprehending him.

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Security camera image of a bombing at Chiron, for which San Diego is wanted.

The now 35-year-old alleged “domestic terrorist” is a San Rafael native, ’96 graduate of Terra Linda High School and whose father was Belvedere’s city manager. As an affiliate of the animal rights extremist group “Revolutionary Cells-Animal Liberation Brigade “, San Diego allegedly targeted Novartis because of its ties to Huntingdon Life Science. Huntingdon has been a longtime target of animal rights extremists because of its work with experimental drugs and chemicals on animals under contract for pharmaceutical, cosmetic and other companies.

Andreas, at a recent FBI news conference, can be seen among the FBI’s 10 most wanted Terrorists alongside noted suspects from global terrorists organizations Hizballah & Al-Qaeda. Although his acts caused no casualties, the second attack at Shaklee Corporation was apparently strapped with nails and intended to harm first responders.

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In addition to electronic billboards spots in seven states, new video surveillance from the blast has been released and the reward has been increased to $250,000. Tipsters can place confidential information at tips.fbi.gov or by calling 800-CALL-FBI. He is considered armed & dangerous.

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Further Reading & Resources

FBI seeks help in California bombing case | PressDemocrat.com →
FBI using billboards to find fugitive suspected in bombings | SJMercury.com →
I-Team obtains blast video, FBI searches for bomber | ABC KGO-TV Local News →

About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

3 Responses to Novartis Bombing Suspect still at large 10 years later

  1. Whitney says:

    Just to clarify, Emeryville is a satellite campus for Novartis. Their US headquarters is in New Jersey, with other large sites scattered around the country. This is actually one of their smallest sites (I used to work for them in Cambridge, MA, which is significantly larger than the Emeryville site). Thanks for the flashback, though!

  2. Thomas Busse says:

    Where in the World is Daniel San Diego?

    I just think with the whole War on Terror and the Snowden revelations of mass surveillance and all the stuff about facial recognition technology that it’s inconceivable that the feds can’t find San Diego. The whole story seems fishy and artificial. Chiron corp had ties to organized crime.

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