Thursday, June 29, 2017

Reward Increased For Unsolved Central Park Explosion As NYPD and ATF Seek Information

The NYPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have increased the reward to $40,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the horrific July 3, 2016 incident that severely injured Connor Golden, 18, from Virginia. Investigators are calling on the public to come forward with photos and video from the area taken around the time of the incident. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

New York, New York—The NYPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are asking for the public’s help with the investigation into an explosion in Central Park that severely injured a male victim. Up to $40,000 in reward money is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the July 3, 2016 incident, which occurred on a rock formation near 60th Street and 5thAvenue. 

In addition to tips, investigators are seeking photos and video taken in the vicinity of the incident location in the hours and days before the explosion occurred.

“The NYPD continues to use every investigative tool to find who may have placed this explosive material in Central Park,” said NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “Someone, somewhere, knows something about this explosion that left a young man severely injured. We want to talk to them. No detail is too small.”

“We want our parks and public spaces to be safe for everyone and we want justice for the victim,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Ashan M. Benedict.

 “We need the public’s help by providing us with photographs and video taken at the location of the explosion in the days and weeks prior to July 3, 2016.  Any person who may have any other information regarding the explosion is strongly encouraged to contact ATF or the NYPD.”

Paramedics, firemen, and police help the victim after the explosion in Central Park. (Photo: AP)

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). 

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website atWWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. 

The public may submit tips to the ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (283-8477) or by email at  All tips will be kept confidential.  

Officers from NYPD's Stragegic Responce Group secure an area across from July 3rd incident.  (Photo: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) 

Read More:

People Around the Word Donating To Teen Hurt In Central Park Explosion
A Walk In The Park - July 10, 2016 - By Geoffrey Croft 

Explosion In Central Park Severs Man's Foot
A Walk In The Park - July 3, 2016 - By Geoffrey Croft 

1 comment:

  1. This might sound alarmist, but I think this was a preliminary test for something bigger like a terrorist attack. Even though this happened a year ago, terrorist factions prefer to attack soft targets like street fairs and concerts (say summerstage)and this was placed in an area where there is a lot of police precinct parking. It's surprising that it's taking so long to trace the culprit