Austin serial bombing suspect can other devices ‘out there,’ cops discover ‘wealth of information’



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Mark Anthony Conditt was named Wednesday as the serial bomber behind the string of blasts that terrorized Texas for three weeks and two people dead, and officials warned residents that other explosive devices may still be out there.

The first photo of Conditt, from 2013, began on Wednesday morning and has been verified by the Austin American Statesman. The photo is from the Facebook page of his mother, Danene Conditt, who seemed to celebrate Mark’s high school graduation.

“I officially graduated Mark of the high School on Friday,” her post said. “1 down, 3 to go. He has 30 hours of college credit also, but he thinks of taking the time to find out what he wants to do….maybe a mission trip. Thanks everyone for the support over the years.”

Mark Anthony Conditt was identified Wednesday as the Austin serial bomber.

Conditt, a law enforcement official told Fox News the Austin bomber, was home-schooled and went to Austin Community College, according to the neighbors.

“I know this is a cliché, but I just can’t imagine that,” a neighbor told the Austin American-Statesman on condition of anonymity, and whose children grew up playing with Conditt.

The authorities have said Conditt was 24, but public records obtained by the Statesman indicate that he was 23.

He and his father, Pat Conditt, bought a Pflugerville property last year that is now valued at about $69,000, according to property records. Another neighbor who was not named, told KVUE that Conditt was “one of the most beautiful families that you would like to have,” and was “very surprised” to find that he was behind the deadly bombings.

Authorities investigate the house of the suspect from the Austin serial bomber in Pflugerville, Texas.


“I can tell you is that we pray for the family, and I can’t imagine what they go through,” he said. The neighbor, who spoke with the Stateman said Mark Conditt had been living in that house that he built with his father to help.

Conditt had worked Core of Semiconductors, a manufacturer of “solutions” from the company in Austin as a “purchasing agent/buyer/send and receive”, according to a profile on a job recruiting website and had previously worked as a computer repairman, according to the Statesman.

The mayor of Pflugerville said he lived just two blocks away from him in a part of town known as the Old City.

Authorities investigate the house of the suspect from the Austin serial bomber in Pflugerville, Texas.


Mayor Victor Gonzales told The Associated Press that the police surveillance on the home overnight Tuesday, although he said that he did not personally know the family. Gonzales says that he had concerned neighbors approaching him because of the large police presence in the neighborhood, but he let them know that everything would be OK.

Meanwhile, authorities boasted of uncovering a “wealth of information” about the killing and 24 years old — but the officials warned other explosives that may still be there, and other collaborators may be on the loose.

The officials work on the scene early Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Texas, where, according to authorities, the suspect in a wave of bombing attacks that terrorized Austin last month blew himself up with an explosive device, as the authorities concluded.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

“We don’t know where this defendant has his last 24 hours, and that we therefore still need to remain vigilant to ensure that no other devices are left in the community,” he told reporters.

Manley said communities around the Round Rock, where Conditt blew himself up as SWAT officers closed in, have to be “vigilant” as officials work to put together a timeline where the suspect has been.

The alleged bombing suspect has died, but we want our residents to be vigilant regarding suspicious packages. If you see something suspicious, call 911.

Round Rock Police (@roundrockpolice) March 21, 2018

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said on “FOX & friends” the defendant not to destroy his digital footprint, and that there is a wealth of information that should shed light on who he is, what he has done, and why he did it.”

Abbott said Conditt, who are not ex-military, not post things on social media in advance, that would be “red flags”, and that he lived with two roommates in Pflugerville, located about 20 miles north of Austin.


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“These two roommates are talking with law enforcement,” Abbott said, adding they have no suspects at this time.

The Texan governor said that the authorities are now going to spend the next 24 hours, trying to find out if someone else was working on the Conditt, and if there are no other bombs that are out there.

FBI Agent Christopher Combs, head of the agency’s San Antonio office, said authorities have a long day ahead” as they work to continue “exactly what happened.”

The officials work on the scene early Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Texas.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

“We fear that there may be other packages still there, we need the public to remain vigilant, especially today as we go through the investigation,” Combs said.


Fred Milanowski, the agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, ” Houston Field Division, told reporters that the researchers believe Conditt built, all four of the package bombs that have blown up in Austin, but it is “difficult to say” whether he acted alone.

He added that the bomb that killed Conditt was “an important explosive device.”


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When asked later if Conditt built bombs prior to the start of the spree in Austin, Milanowski said: “We know that when he bought a number of the components. It is difficult to say whether he was building along the way”

Mayor Steve Adler thanked law enforcement for their work in the take down of the suspect, but urged residents to continue to report anything that appeared suspicious or out of place.


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“There must be an absolute sense of relief and gratitude for this army of law enforcement officials have done,” he told “FOX & friends.”

The suspect died on Wednesday came a day after a package exploded as it along a conveyor belt at a FedEx shipping center in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio and about 60 miles southwest of Austin. An employee reported a ringing in her ears and was treated at the scene.


Later in the morning, the police sent a bomb squad to a FedEx facility outside of the Austin airport to check on a suspicious package. The federal authorities and the police later said the package contained an explosive that was successfully intercepted, and that was also connected with the other bombings.

Two men were injured on Sunday after a bomb exploded in an Austin neighborhood which was caused by a trip wire, which officials said contained a “higher level of sophistication” than agents saw in the three package bombs previously left on the sidewalk.

A map shows the location of each of the bombings in Austin.

(Fox News/Bing)

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 the wounding of Esperanza Herrera, 75.

Fox News’ Jonathan Hunt and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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

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