Police hope more money prompts new tips in doctor bombing - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Police hope more money prompts new tips in doctor bombing

WEST MEMPHIS, Arkansas (WMC-TV) - West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert says he hopes a larger financial reward will bring new leads to help police crack the case in the car bombing that severely injured Dr. Trent Pierce last week.
    
"Money talks," said Paudert."It brings out a lot of information. Some not so good, some very good." 
     
As officers continue to stand guard on the very spot where Pierce was nearly killed, the chief hopes more cash trigger will trigger more tips.
    
"I think it will be enough to generate some phone calls, e-mails and a lot of good information," he said.
    
Paudert says the ATF and FBI are both working to secure thousands of federal dollars. 

Crittenden County Crime-Stoppers has also set up a reward fund, and a number of Pierce's friends and fellow physicians have already expressed an interest in making sizable donations.    
    
The police department would eventually like to offer as much as $100,000 for information that will put a suspected bomber behind bars.
    
"We still don't know if this was a random bombing or specific target, and that's what I'd like to find out," Paudert said.
     
He says investigators have received more than 200 leads in the last week, and that dozens of agents continue to work the case as actively as they did the day of the bombing.
    
"I'm confident, as they are, that we'll solve this case," said Paudert.
    
Donations to the Crime Stoppers Pierce Fund can be made at any Fidelity National Bank branch in Crittenden County. 

Anyone with information about the bombing should call Crime Stoppers at (870) 732-4444 OR 1-888-ATF-BOMB.


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