Austin bomber’s roommate is a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation, says McCaul



Rep. McCaul in Austin bombardment of the suspect’s confession video

On ” America’s Newsroom,’ congressman says the Austin bombing suspect called himself a ‘psychopath’ in his confession video.

A member of the 23-year-old man, linked to the deadly bombings that rocked Austin, Texas, and the surrounding areas this month, is seen as a “person of interest” in the investigation, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Monday.

Researchers are still looking into what motivated Mark Anthony Conditt to carry out the bombing of the spree, which is still two dead and several injured, but Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told “America’s Newsroom” that one of his roommates, and an unknown man in his 20s is still being questioned by the police.

“I would say at this moment, a person of interest is the question,” he told Fox News.

McCaul, a former federal prosecutor, said authorities are now focusing on, if that roommate knew Conditt was making weapons in the house in Pflugerville, located northeast of Austin.

This undated photo from Facebook and student 2010-ID-photo released of Austin Community College Mark Anthony Conditt

(Facebook/Austin Community College)

“If you have knowledge of someone doing something like this, making bombs, and the bombing of the community and the terrorizing of the community, a duty, a duty to report that,” McCaul said. “If not, do you have knowledge and you are complicit in the conspiracy. If we talk about the ongoing investigation, although the operation center is liquidated at this point, what remains at this point is the questioning of the member of the household.”

He added that the authorities are now looking for “evidence” in the house.

“He did it to build these bombs in the house, that we know much, we know that they had to bring in the robot to disassemble and take bomb making materials, and the question is, did the roommate know he was making these bombs at the time for the last month or so, when all these bombings were to take place?”

Law enforcement personnel investigate the house where Austin serial bomber Mark Anthony Conditt lived in Pflugerville, Texas.


The congressman also shared additional details of the 25-minute confession video that Conditt made in his sport utility vehicle before he blew himself up as authorities closed in on him last week.


In the recording, Conditt referred to himself as a “psychopath” and showed “absolutely no remorse” for the bombing, according to McCaul.

“Even more chill at the end, he says:” maybe I should just blow myself up in a McDonald’s and the end of the whole thing,’ that is where he was on the way,” he said.


Austin suspect allegedly showed no remorse in the recording

In a press conference on Saturday, interim Austin police chief Brian Manley said the department will continue to withhold the recording of the public as the researchers look to Conditt’s motive is and whether or not someone else was involved.

He noted Conditt two roommates were questioned and said that several people interviewed.

The release of the recording is now could endanger any future prosecution, even though no one has been arrested or charged, Manley said.


Authorities are now looking for hard drives and social media accounts to piece together what led to the three-week long bombing spree.


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Two of the explosives killed Anthony Stephen House, 39, and Draylen Mason, 17, in separate incidents as they were disguised as packages left on the doorstep.

Four other persons were injured in the incidents. One of the two explosive packages exploded at a FedEx sorting facility outside of San Antonio the day before Conditt died.

Authorities were able to detect Conditt in the review of surveillance photos of a FedEx store shows the 23-year-old in “disguise” in the ousting of two of the packages for delivery.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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