• New clues in abortion clinic fires

    By: Carl Willis


    COBB COUNTY, Ga. -  

    The FBI has declassified evidence, including the sketch of a potential witness, from a case of arson at a Marietta abortion clinic.

    This case and several others throughout Metro Atlanta are being investigated as possible domestic terrorism and civil rights violations.

    According to the FBI, witnesses reported seeing a black male, who is about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall, in the Alpha Group GYN clinic in Marietta before it was gutted by flames.

    Surveillance images show the potential witness wearing a blue polo shirt and khaki pants.

    "We want to know what he knows and anyone with info (on) this individual, or the individual himself," said Special Agent Stephen Emmett in an interview two days after the fire. "We would like to hear from them."

    The owner of the clinic is well-known abortion provider.

    The clinic is located in the Governor's Ridge office complex on Powers Ferry Road, which is regularly frequented by anti-abortion protesters. Employees said they saw suspicious activity before the fire.

    According to witnesses, a gray Mercury Marquis-style vehicle with tinted windows and large chrome wheels was also in the area at the time of the fire.

    Clinic workers believe the fire started on the third floor. They said two unknown men went upstairs and left shortly afterward, minutes before the fire was discovered.

    The incident came on the heels of another suspicious fire at Atlanta GYN-OB, P.C. in Lilburn. Federal investigators are looking into both fires, as well two separate burglaries from March.

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