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$100,000 Reward Offered in Ramona Gardens Arson Attack

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The FBI announced a joint $100,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the arson attacks on Ramona Gardens apartments in Boyle Heights May 12th.

Investigators say they believe this could be racially motivated.  Three of the four homes targeted were African American families In this predominately Latino community. 

Los Angeles Police Department's Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese says they hope the reward and newly releases surveillance video will bring some answers.

"This is a zero tolerance type issue.  This a crime that strikes right at the heart of public safety," Albanese said.

Albanese says the homes were targeted in an arsonist attack involving Molotov cocktails.

"People in their homes are all of a sudden fire bombed is inexcusable," Albanese said. 

The FBI's Special Agent in Charge Tim Delaney says the crimes are unacceptable. 

"There should be zero tolerance for groups or individuals who pray upon the innocent whether racial, religious or any other motive," Delaney said.

The surveillance a video starts and ends here what looks like eight people coming down these stairs  and going toward the apartments

Police say it happened  right after midnight.  A group of people running over the 10 Freeway and toward towards the homes.

In the video you can see some hooded suspects light what police say is a Molotov cocktail. The remnants left on the ground the next day.

FOX 11 spoke to some people in the community and concealed their identity. 

"I heard a noise like a broken window or something.  I see all the people running this side.  Not the other side," one woman said.

"I don't understand why. People need to stick together no matter what the color," she said.

"I feel scared because I don't know what the problem with the people," another woman said.

The Deputy Police Chief says the arsonist might be gang related. 

"The gang that calls that area home is called Big Hazard," Albanese said.

"They are certainly within our eye with terms of potential, but anything is wide open in terms of the task force," Albanese said.

FBI's Tim Delany said he wants people to know their identity can remain anonymous and their communication with law enforcement will remain confidential.

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