What we know about Austin bombing suspect Mark Conditt
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 22, 2018,
Mar 22, 2018, 0:57
In a press conference from Pflugerville police, ATF and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said the home of the suspect had been cleared.
One man in his 30s was injured after handling the device, however. "We don't know where the suspect has been the last 24 hours". Officials also reported they were able to "reconstruct" some of the suspect's previous devices.
Residents of Austin have lived under siege for three weeks.
Police were processing the scene at the East MLK bombing when another bomb erupted in the Montopolis neighborhood of southeast Austin, a few miles from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Reeb, 75, said Conditt and his grandson played together into middle school and that Conditt still regularly visits his parents, whom Reeb described as good neighbors. "And then come to find out, the guy lives right there".
"But he's thinking of taking some time to figure out what he wants to do. maybe a mission trip", Danene Conditt wrote on the social media site. He has not attended any classes since 2012, she said.
This explosion differed from the others, because, according to Interim Police Chief Brian Manley, what was most likely a tripwire detonated the device. Conditt previously worked as a computer fix technician.
The city of Pflugerville said city hall was closed as a section of downtown is being evacuated amid the bombing investigation. Investigators said that package, found intact, may yield clues.
Surveillance photo povided by law enforcement believed to depict Mark Conditt dropping off package at FedEx on Brodie Lane.
"It was determined the package contained an explosive device and was disrupted by law enforcement". Whitely added that police wanted to surprise the man.
The suspect detonated a device in his auto and later died, Austin police chief Brian Manley told an early morning news conference after the dramatic end to the massive manhunt involving hundreds of federal agents and local police.
"The suspect is deceased and has significant injuries from a blast that occurred from detonating a bomb inside his vehicle", Manley told reporters. Authorities followed the vehicle, which ran into a ditch on the side of the road, he said.
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Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, allegedly detonated a bomb in his vehicle as SWAT officers closed in, approaching the auto in a ditch off Interstate 35 near Old Settlers Boulevard.
The explosion knocked an officer back, causing minor injuries.
The governor added that the suspect is believed to have lived with two roommates, who are not now considered suspects, and was not a military veteran.
Instead, Conditt's vehicle began to leave the parking lot, with police in pursuit.
"This is the culmination of three very long weeks for our community", Manley said.
"We do not understand what motivated him to do what he did", Manley said.
According to the Associated Press, an ATF agent said investigators think the suspect built all of the bombs, but they haven't ruled out that he had help.
The explosion happened on Interstate 35 in Round Rock near Old Settlers Boulevard around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Round Rock ISD confirmed school will be open today, but students will be excused if they arrive late because of the traffic.
By Sunday, bewildered investigators had publicly asked the serial bomber to reach out to them.
Law enforcement had a scare Tuesday night at a Goodwill store in southern Austin, where someone had dropped off a device sometimes used in military training and it went off, injuring a worker.
"Ladies and gentlemen, patience is going to have to work for us here", Pflugerville's police chief said.