FBI offers $10,000 for information on police cruiser arson

Part of a poster issued by the FBI offering a reward for information into the June 1 rioting and arson of a Providence Police cruiser.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in Rhode Island are seeking two men who may have information about the destruction and arson of a police cruiser during a June riot in downtown Providence.

The FBI also said it’s offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

The agency, the Providence Police Department, and the Rhode Island State Police on Thursday released the images of two men they say were seen around the Providence Place Mall late June 1 and into the early morning hours of June 2.

The Providence police cruiser had been parked by the mall when a mob set upon it, throwing rocks, bottles, and other objects at it, breaking its windows and eventually setting it on fire, authorities said.

Rioters also caused damage to the mall and other downtown businesses. Police at the time said some 65 people were arrested.

Anyone with information about the two men or the cruiser arson is asked to call the FBI’s Boston Office at 857-386-2000 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.