Incident Summary:

02/28/2017: An assailant threw firebombs at the Ron de Lugo Federal Building in Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. There were no reported casualties. This was one of three coordinated attacks on this date. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources identified the assailant as Spencer Wayne Allen, an unaffiliated individual.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

U.S. Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Saint Thomas district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of United States
Specific Description Ron de Lugo Federal Building
Nationality of Target Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Firebombs were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information This incident is part of a set of coordinated attacks in which both military and non-military entities were targeted. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. A judge questioned the assailant's mental capacity to stand trial after he attempted suicide multiple times while in custody and claimed to be a Russian sleeper agent.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
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
"Competency restored, Allen ordered back to territory to stand trial," The Virgin Islands Daily News, December 18, 2017."
"Federal offices in St. Thomas firebombed; suspect in custody,", February 28, 2017."
"Accused arsonist says he is a Russian spy," The Virgin Islands Daily News, April 6, 2017."