Incident Summary:

02/22/1981: Two bombs exploded at the Carpeteria flooring store on North Vine Street in Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, United States. No casualties resulted in the incident, but the blasts caused minor damage. Prior to the bombing, the owner of the store, an Armenian American, had received an extortion letter from the Armenian Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA), demanding a $150,000 contribution and stating that the money would help finance the group's cause of liberating their enslaved land and giving their people its national honor and dignity. In 1987, ASALA member, Vicken Tcharkhutian, was eventually arrested for this attack, admitted his involvement in court, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison for this as well as other incidents.

GTD ID:
198102220010

When:
1981-02-22

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

California

City:
Los Angeles

Location Details:
1122 North Vine Street in Hollywood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Carpeteria flooring store
Specific Description flooring store, owned by an Armenian-American
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information In 1987, ASALA member, Vicken Tcharkhutian, was eventually arrested for this attack, admitted his involvement in court, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison for this as well as other incidents.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
Kim Murphy, "Key Figure in Armenian Bomb Cases Arrested," Los Angeles Times, September 19, 1987.
"A Chronicle of Armenian Terrorism in North America and Elsewhere," The Assembly of Turkish American Associations, 2000.
"FBI Analysis of Claimed Terrorist Incidents in the U.S.: 1981," Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, Terrorism Section, FBI, 1981.