Austin police: Tripwire may have detonated a fourth blast
Authorities update Sunday night of the explosion that injured two people on the bike; locate the surveillance video of one of the residents.
A “serial bomber” is probably responsible for four explosions in Austin this month, the last of those two people injured Sunday night after they crossed a trip wire with fishing line, officials announced Monday.
Austin police chief Brian Manley said at a press conference Monday morning that, although the bomb that injured two men on Sunday night was linked to the three previous blasts, the last bomb was a trip wire, while the previous explosions were package bombs left on the doorsteps.
“We have seen a change in the method of this suspect is,” he told reporters.
Austin’s top cop also called on whoever is behind the series of bombings that have killed two to reach out to the police to let them know why they set off the explosives. Manley said it is too early to say whether the blast Sunday night is a response to his call on the day for the people behind the bombings to achieve.
The officials are working and internship in the near of the site of the Sunday of the explosion on March 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas.
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
“It is clear that We are dealing with what we what we expect of a serial bomber on this point, on the basis of the similarities between what is now the fourth device,” he said.
Frederick Milanowski, the special agent accountable for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said the latest bomb was “more advanced”, because it uses a trip wire. Milanowski said trip wire devices, possibly with the help of rod, are triggered by the victims to apply any form of pressure or tension.
“We are more concerned now. That is, people see something suspicious, they stay away and contact law enforcement,” he said.
2 people injured in new Austin explosion
The men wounded Sunday night in the explosion in the southwest of the Austin neighborhood of Travis Country, in the age of 22 and 23, are white, in contrast to the victims in the three previous attacks, which were black or Latino. The men on Sunday walked their bikes when the explosives detonated, which differs from the first three attacks, which involved package bombs left on the doorsteps, police said.
Authorities on Monday were canvassing the area looking for anything suspicious, and residents were warned to remain indoors and to call 911 if they needed to leave their homes before 2 hours
Travis Country is far from the sites of previous bombings, which occurred about two weeks plus in residential areas east of Interstate 35, which divides the city.
Christopher H. Combs, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI San Antonio Division, said on Monday is the press conference of the latest explosive device with booby traps “changes things.”
A bomb detection unit walks along a street near the site of an explosion on 18 March.
(Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
“It is more refined, it is not aimed at individuals,” he told reporters. “We are very concerned that with booby traps a child could walk down on the sidewalk and hit something.”
Combs said the latest developments should be a warning for residents to not approach suspicious items, as they can something armed with trip-wire, and contact the local authorities immediately.
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A witness to Sunday’s blast speak FOX7 described hearing a “loud bang,” adding that it “not a car accident, not gunfire, but something terrible.”
Thad Holt, 76, who lives near the site of the fourth explosion, told Fox News the area is very quiet,” with many families.
Authorities at the scene of an explosion in Austin, Texas on March 18.
(Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
“We were surprised, because everything was concentrated on that side of the city, in neighborhoods with a lower income, but this is a real, beautiful area, nice homes, everything from retired people, professional people,” he said. “It’s quite a crime in the neighbourhood.”
“It is clear that We are dealing with what we what we expect of a serial bomber on this point, on the basis of the similarities between what is now the fourth device.”
– Austin Police Chief Brian Manley
Holt, who has lived in the neighborhood for almost 18 years, said that he had taken a walk with his wife around 7:30 and walked right along the area where the explosion occurred approximately 15 minutes later.
“Nothing like this happens here,” he said.
Sunday’s explosion was the fourth to rock Austin in less than three weeks. However, the previous three blasts took place on the eastern side of the city.
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The first was a package bomb that exploded at a northeast Austin home on March 2, killing the 39-year-old Anthony Stephen House. Two package bombs then exploded further to the south on March 12, the killing of the 17-year-old Draylen Mason, injuring his mother and injuring a 75-year-old woman.
A map shows the location of each of the four bombings in Austin.
The police said that all three of them were likely to be related and involved packages that have not yet been sent or delivered by private carrier, but she left during the night on the sidewalk.
Authorities on Sunday said the reward for information leading to an arrest in the deadly explosions increased by $50,000 to a new total of $115,000. Manley said more than 500 officials, including federal agents have conducted 236 interviews in the next up-435 leads.
Fox News’ Shira Bush, Ryan Gaydos, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed