Austin officials raise reward in package bomb case is $100K
Austin’s Sheriff’s Department increases reward for information leading to the capture of a suspect in the bombing case, up to $100,000.
A reward offered by Texas officials for anyone with information leading to an arrest in the deadly package bombing research in Austin has increased to more than $100,000.
Austin police chief Brian Manley announced at a press conference on Sunday, the department, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are now offering $100,000 — up from the previous reward of $50,000 for anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest in the case, leaving two people dead.
#HappeningNow #FBI @Austin_Police and @ATFHou announce reward increased to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(persons) who is responsible for #packagebombmurders. pic.twitter.com/xJMfatFtzP
— FBI SanAntonio (@FBISanAntonio) March 18, 2018
The six-figure reward is in addition to a separate reward of $15,000 offered by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office.
Manley on Sunday, said the researchers are now of the opinion that the package bombing — which officials previously said were believed to be racially charged — “were meant to send a message.”
The police chief said: “we want to listen to” who is behind the attacks, in order to “understand what brought you to this point.”
TIMELINE OF AUSTIN PACKAGE EXPLOSIONS
The three explosions have killed two people and seriously injured at least two women.
On 2 March, the 39-year-old Anthony House was killed after a “device” exploded on his porch, investigators said. Ten days later, on March 12, Draylen Mason, 17, was killed after a package outside of his house was brought inside.
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A third package explosion on March 12 and injured a 75-year-old woman. She remained in critical condition.
The explosions were believed to be linked, according to researchers, officials said that they do not exclude all possible motives, including a possible hate crime, taking into account all of the victims are black or Latino. Two of the three families that have been affected are reportedly knew each other through the activism in the local black community.
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The packaging of the explosives involved in the three incidents were not supplied by the U. S. Postal Service or private carrier, but remained during the night on the sidewalk. Federal law enforcement officials told Fox News the packages were made to look like e-mail.
More than 500 law enforcement officials have investigated more than 400 possible leads in the case, Manley said Sunday. The police warned the residents that found a suspicious packages to call 911, and send tips to the Austin Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-8477 or Texas Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-8477.
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