The Latest: Mother: Police held bomber’s roommate overnight

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas – The Latest news about the research of the Austin bombing (all times are local):

8:34 pm

The mother of a roommate who lived with the suspicion of an Austin serial bomber says her son is arrested by the SWAT officers and held overnight in connection with the bombings before the suspect is and blew himself up.

Jennifer Withers, says her son, 26-year-old, Collin Thomas, was walking home from work Tuesday night, when the police “and flew at him.”

Thomas was questioned about the bombing and was still in custody in the bombing of the defendant Mark Conditt was surrounded by the police and the detonation of an explosive device early Wednesday.

Thomas was released hours later and no charge.

Withers, says Thomas, who is black, “seemed to get along fine” with Conditt.

Conditt, the first two bombs killed and injured black victims, leading to speculation that they are hate crimes.


6 hours

The mother of an Austin spa worker says one of the package bombs was addressed to her daughter in the town of Austin and a spa.

Anita Ward, a nurse in Austin Med Spa, tells the Austin American-Statesman that the FBI and Austin police told her daughter Tuesday morning that they are the intended recipient of the bomb. She says that her daughter also works in the spa.

The package was intercepted, unexploded, at a FedEx sorting centre.

Ward says that her daughter does not know that the bombing suspect, Mark Conditt, who blew himself up early Wednesday as a tactical squad closed in on him.


5:10 pm

Authorities have released the second roommate of Austin bombing suspect Mark Conditt.

Austin police on Wednesday took in for questioning two people jointly a house with Conditt in the suburb of Pflugerville, just north of Texas’s capital. They were released hours later.

Police said Thursday that the second roommate had also been released. Neither roommate’s name was released because the police said they never arrested.

Investigators say the 23-year-old Conditt blew himself up at dawn on Wednesday as a SWAT team closed in on him.

They say Conditt is responsible for a series of bombs that killed two people and seriously injured four others since March 2, but his motives remain unknown.


12:05 pm

Police say a 25-minutes with the mobile recording left by the bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin weeks details of the differences between the weapons that he built and is tantamount to a confession.

But his motive is still a mystery.

Mark Anthony Conditt made of the shooting hours before he died Wednesday after detonating one of its own devices, such as SWAT teams closed in. Austin police chief Brian Manley says it seemed to give the 23-year-old knew that he would be caught.

Manley called it “the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about the problems in his own life.”

Authorities would not release the recording.

Conditt was tracked down with the help of store surveillance video, gsm-signals and the evidence of a client sending packets in a disguise that is a blonde wig, and gloves.

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