NEW DETAILS: Feds Focused On Bomb Suspect Early - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

NEW DETAILS: Feds Focused On Bomb Suspect Early

COLVILLE, Wash. – Federal agents and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force investigating a backpack bomb keyed on Kevin Harpham in early February, according to cashiers at Colville hardware stores.

One employee, who did not want to be identified, said Harpham was a regular customer who bought plumbing pipe at least once. He said authorities were interested in whether Harpham bought 2-inch pipe caps or 3-inch test plugs.

The employee could not definitively say whether Harpham bought the items in question.

Authorities requested copies of cash register receipts and any video surveillance of the store, according to the employee.

Another employee said he identified Harpham from a photo montage in early February, one month before Harpham was arrested outside his home near Colville.

Federal authorities charged Kevin Harpham with two counts related to a backpack bomb found in downtown Spokane.  A grand jury is scheduled to meet in the case on March 22.

It is unclear if the FBI was also investigating other people or why they keyed on Harpham.  The FBI has previously declined requests for comment on the investigation. Documents outlining the charges against Harpham are sealed in a federal court docket.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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