Incident Summary:

09/06/2000: Three members of the Earth and Animal Liberations Fronts (ELF and ALF), Stanislas Meyerhoff, Kevin Tubbs, and Chelsea Gerlach, placed two incendiary devices at the West University Public Safety Substation of the Eugene Police Department in Eugene, Oregon in the United States. One of the firebombs, placed inside the basket of a bicycle and leaned against the building, caused a small fire, which was quickly extinguished. The second device did ignite, but was extinguished inside the backpack, within which it was placed. The damage to the building was minimal, estimated at $1,750. There were no casualties in the incident. The perpetrators chose the building as a target because they believed it would be popular with activists in the community, after police reaction to recent street protests. No communique was released, and there were no claims for responsibility of the incident. The perpetrators were part of a group calling themselves "The Family," which committed nearly 20 arson and ecotage attacks over a 6 year period.

GTD ID:
200009060011

When:
2000-09-06

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Oregon

City:
Eugene

Location Details:
at the West University Public Safety Substation at 791 East 13th Avenue in Eugene, OR

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Eugene Police Department
Specific Description West University Public Safety Substation of the Eugene Police Department
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 $1,750.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The fire was discovered at about 4:15am. The perpetrators were part of a group calling themselves "The Family," which committed nearly 20 arson and ecotage attacks over a 6 year period. Tubbs was sentenced to 12 years and 7 months in prison, Meyerhoff was sentenced to 13 years in prison, and Gerlach was sentenced to 9 years, for their respective involvement in various incidents over the course of the 6 years.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Animal Liberation Front (ALF) The Family No
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) The Family No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
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
U.S. Government's Sentencing Memorandum for CR 06-60069, CR 06-60070, CR 06-60071, CR 06-60078, CR 06-60079, CR 06-60080, CR 06-60120, CR 06-60122, CR 06-60123, CR 06-60124, CR06-60125, and CR 06-60126. U.S. District Court: District of Oregon, Eugene, 2007.
"News Briefs," Associated Press, May 1, 2001.
Legal Affairs Editors, "Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front Members Sentenced in Oregon for Acts of Eco-Terrorism in Five Western States," PR Newswire Association LLC, Public Interest Services, June 5, 2007.