Mich. man describes car bomb attack as 'horrific'

AP News
Posted: Sep 23, 2011 3:22 PM
Mich. man describes car bomb attack as 'horrific'

A Michigan lawyer who survived a car bomb with his two sons made his first public comments Friday, calling the attack "horrific" and thanking the public and law enforcement for support.

Erik Chappell, 42, said his "amazing" boys, Grant and Cole, were recovering well from their injuries, although he offered no details. They were riding in a Volvo when a bomb on the car exploded Tuesday in Monroe, located about 35 miles south of Detroit.

"As horrific as the bomb and its immediate aftermath were, we continue to be uplifted by the support we have received. It is a testament that good will always overcome evil," Chappell said in a statement released by his law firm, which has offices in Monroe and Sylvania, Ohio.

Federal agents were investigating the attack, along with local and state police. No arrests have been made. Remnants of the explosive have been sent to federal specialists in Washington.

"We're out trying to pound the pavement," said agent Donald Dawkins, a spokesman at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Detroit. "Every day we're progressing a little bit further. We have to be patient."

Dawkins declined to comment when asked if investigators mostly were focusing on a motive or suspect related to Chappell's work as a lawyer.

Chappell's sons are students at St. Michael the Archangel School in Monroe. Principal Michelle Sontag has said the boys don't have burns.

"Our community should be extremely proud of the health services that are available to us in tragic times," Chappell said in his statement. "We would also like to thank the many law enforcement personnel who have diligently pursued this case to bring the perpetrators to justice."

A phone message seeking further comment from him was left at his office.