Incident Summary:

12/19/2000: Members of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) set fire to a luxury home under construction on Sarah Anne Court in Miller Place, New York in the United States, by pouring gasoline over debris piled in a rear corner of the house. There were no casualties in the arson, which caused over $50,000 in damages. ELF claimed responsibility for the incident in a communique, stating that "building homes for the wealthy should not even be a priority." The group also set arson to homes on Dec. 9 and 30 in Suffolk County, New York. Four teenage activists and members of ELF, George Mashkow, Jared McIntyre, Matthew Rammelkamp, and Conor Cash were charged with the arsons. McIntyre, Mashkow, and Rammelkamp pled guilty and were sentenced to 3.5 years in prison, 1 year in prison, and six months in a federal prison camp, respectively. Cash was acquitted at trial.

GTD ID:
200012190006

When:
2000-12-19

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

New York

City:
Miller Place

Location Details:
at luxury home under construction on Sarah Anne Court

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity luxury home
Specific Description luxury home under construction on Sarah Anne Court in Miller Place, NY
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 $50,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
gasoline poured over debris in the corner of the home
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 four perpetrators were also responsible for the arsons at Middle Island and Mount Sinai on December 9 and 29 in Suffolk County, New York. See incidents 121900 and 123000.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
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
FBI, "Terrorism 2000/2001,"FBI, DOJ, 2001.
Bryan Denson, "Acts of Sabotage," The Oregonian, January 11, 2001.
David Winzelberg, "Earth Liberation Member Gets 3 1/2 Years for Arsons," The New York Times, August 1, 2004.