SERIAL BOMBER IN AUSTIN TEXAS 03/12/2018

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    Update..

    CBS News March 13, 2018, 7:10 AM
    Austin package bomb victim's neighbor describes finding him after deadly blast
    Police in Austin, Texas are warning the public Tuesday morning to watch out for an apparent bomber on the loose. Investigators now say three package bombs, including two that exploded Monday, are connected. Police say the case may be a hate crime. All the victims are black or Hispanic.

    The explosions happened within about 15 miles of each other. Seventeen-year-old Draylen Mason died and another woman was hurt in an explosion Monday morning. A second blast about five hours later injured another woman.

    Anthony Stephan House was killed in the first bombing 10 days earlier. Debris extended 75 feet out – all the way to the driveway of the next door neighbor, who told CBS News' David Begnaud how he tried to keep the first victim alive.

    "He collapsed right there," Sean Philips said. "About three feet in front of his front door."

    House was bleeding from the face, had shrapnel in his chest, and both of his hands had been nearly blown off, according to his neighbor Sean Philips. He was the first to find House and tried to save his life.

    "He wasn't even responding to his name. His eyes were open but he looked glazed over," Philips said.

    House died from the March 2 bombing. His 8-year-old daughter was home at the time.

    On Monday, 10 days after House's murder, police received reports of two more explosions. The first came in at 6:44 am. A teenager was killed he unknowingly brought a bomb into his kitchen. The second call, at 11:50 am, involved a 75-year-old woman injured by a blast on her porch.

    "This is not something that we have seen happen in our country for quite some time. And it's absolutely nothing that has ever happened in Austin," said interim Austin Police chief Brian Manley.

    Manley says the explosives were disguised as packages left overnight near the victims' front doors.

    "We have had packages that exploded when the victim picked that package up. We have also had one where the victim actually picked the package up, brought it into the residence and opened it up and it exploded at that point," Manley said.

    The package bombs were not mailed or sent through a delivery service, according to Manley.

    "I've not seen anything that gives me reason to believe that this has links to terrorism at this point," Manley said. Asked if they were considering it a hate crime, Manley said, "We're keeping our focus as wide as possible so that we don't miss something by focusing too narrowly."

    The Austin Police Department told CBS News Monday night 82 people have called to report a suspicious package in the last 12 hours. None of those were explosives. The Washington Post is reporting that the grandfather of one of the victims is good friends with the stepfather of another, but that is the only connection being reported
     
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    UPDATE ----ANOTHER BOMB IN AUSTIN.
    03/19/2018
    The desperate search for the suspect or suspects who have put Austin residents on edge with a series of explosives is now likely focused on the few clues police have on hand.

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    Fred Milanowski, a special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who is on the ground in Austin, told ABC News that officials are looking at “a couple of people of interest” but added they are still actively calling for the public’s help.

    The most obvious avenue for investigation at this point is examining the remnants of the four devices that have exploded in Austin over a 17-day span. The explosions have killed two people and injured four others.

    “Every bomber leaves a signature because they tend to make their devices the same way every time 'cause once they’ve perfected one they don’t want to take a chance of accidentally detonating something,” Milanowski told ABC News.

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    But since the first three blasts stemmed from package bombs and officials believe the fourth explosive, which went off on Sunday night, was detonated by a tripwire, it could suggest that the bombmaker or bombmakers are changing their style.

    “That’s why this one does concern us because it’s got a little more sophisticated with this tripwire,” Milanowski said.

    “From preliminarily what we’ve seen in there, there’s reason to believe that the same individual that built those built the other one,” he said.

    Officials confirm latest Austin bombing was triggered by tripwire
    Police chief urges bombing suspect to surrender: 'We want to understand what brought you to this point'
    John Cohen, a former acting Homeland Security under secretary and now an ABC News consultant, said that the leftovers from the physical bombs will play a key role in more ways than one. For example, there could be DNA left on a portion of the bomb, which authorities will then run through any number of records repositories, like criminal or military records as well as fingerprints from certain background checks or travel records like TSA PreCheck, that could match the bomb to a name.

    “Even if they find DNA or fingerprints but they're not in those repositories, it won’t help them identify the person, but it will help them connect the individual events to the same person,” Cohen said.

    The level of sophistication in the bombs and the ability to make different types of bombs as seen in the switch to a tripwire could also be an avenue in and of itself.

    Steve Gomez, a former FBI special agent in charge and current ABC News consultant, stressed the level of craftsmanship on display in the bombs so far and the level of preparation that the bomber or bombers had to commit before detonating the blasts.

    “Whoever is the suspect or suspects, they are very sophisticated when it comes to bombmaking and explosives, so that’s the first line of investigations that they pursue,” Gomez said, noting that “anyone in the area that has some kind of explosives-making experience” is likely going to be considered.

    Gomez said it’s also clear that the suspect or suspects are “utilizing a lot of planning because so far there have been no videos that have come up with a potential suspect, which indicates that the bomber is probably doing surveillance of the locations where the bombs are going to be planted.”

    “It’s fairly easy to determine if somebody has visible cameras or the doorbell cameras -- those are fairly easy to detect -- so that might be part of the surveillance that the bomber is conducting,” Gomez said.
     
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    And ANOTHER BOMB in Austin......
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on serial bombings in Texas (all times local):

    5 a.m.

    The San Antonio Texas Fire Department says a package bomb has exploded at a FedEx distribution center in Schertz, Texas, hurting 1 person, a FedEx employee who apparently suffered a non-life-threatening "percussion-type" injury from the blast.

    The FBI and ATF are at the scene. Federal agents say this package is likely linked to attacks by what they believe is a serial bomber. The package exploded shortly after midnight on Tuesday.

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    7:30 pm Tuesday 3/20/2018
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    Austin authorities say emergency personnel are responding to another reported explosion, this one at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city.

    Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted Thursday evening that at least one person was injured but that details about the severity of those injuries and the explosion itself were unknown.

    It would mark the sixth explosion in the Austin area since March 2. So far, two people have been killed and four others seriously wounded.

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    Update 03/21/2018
    A suspect has been killed after detonating another bomb in an Austin suburb.
     
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    I once lived a couple of miles from here and one of my sisters still does.

    The suspected Austin bomber is dead following an officer-involved shooting on Interstate 35, three law enforcement sources confirm. The shooting happened on Interstate 35 in Round Rock near Old Settlers Boulevard around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Round Rock police say while northbound I-35 is open, southbound I-35 will be closed for the next four to six hours -- up to 9 a.m. -- due to the investigation.

    A law enforcement source says the suspected bomber blew up a device inside a vehicle. Police activity has centered in the parking lot of a Red Roof Inn at 1990 N. I-35, just south of Chisholm Parkway.

    A multi-agency investigation that spanned numerous locations and two cities over the span of several weeks led authorities to the suspect in Round Rock.
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    Did he leave some clues as to why he engaged in such terror acts?
     
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    Mar 21 2018, 3:48 pm ET
    Austin bomb suspect Mark Anthony Conditt used ‘exotic’ batteries in explosives, sources say
    by Andrew Blankstein, Tom Winter and Alexander Smith


    "Exotic" batteries ordered online helped lead authorities to the Austin, Texas, bombing suspect before he died early Wednesday as police closed in, multiple senior law enforcement officials told NBC News.

    Austin police and federal agents had been working around the clock with 350 agents to track down the bombing suspect.

    A criminal complaint filed before the suspect died identified him as Mark Anthony Conditt, 23. (Police had said earlier that Conditt was 24.) Newly unsealed court records said Conditt would have been charged with receiving, possessing and transferring a destructive device.

    Law enforcement remained at the scene around his home on Wednesday afternoon.

    The unusual batteries were the signature trait that allowed investigators to so quickly link the various explosives to Conditt, sources said. One senior law enforcement official said the batteries came from Asia.


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    'Exotic' batteries, surveillance video helped lead police to Austin bomber 2:17
    "These weren't your store-bought Duracells," another law enforcement official said.

    Conditt, suspected in a spate of bombings that terrorized Austin in the last three weeks, died early Wednesday after detonating an explosive inside his vehicle as a SWAT team tried to apprehend him on the side of a highway, officials said.

    Authorities had tracked him to a hotel in Round Rock, a city in the Austin metropolitan area, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference.

    Police were able to find Conditt using a variety of tactics, including coming up with a list of phone numbers and individuals that were in the area of the bombings when they occurred, using cell-site analysis and high-tech computing systems that can find patterns of callers in certain areas.

    Hours before police tried to pull Conditt, he turned on his cellphone, which allowed authorities to track his location. Surveillance footage taken at an Austin FedEx was also used.


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    Images show Austin bomber dropping off packages 3:58
    Authorities shared the surveillance footage showing a man believed to be Conditt entering a FedEx facility wearing what appeared to be a blonde wig and dropping off a package.

    Early Wednesday, police were following Conditt's car on Interstate 35 when he pulled over and "detonated a bomb inside the vehicle, knocking one of our SWAT officers back," Manley said.

    Another member of the SWAT team fired at the vehicle, Manley said.

    "The suspect is deceased and has significant injuries from a blast that occurred from detonating a bomb inside his vehicle," he said, adding that the officer who was knocked back sustained minor injuries.

    The incident happened at around 2 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET), according to NBC affiliate KXAN.

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    Members of law enforcement stage near the area where a suspect in a series of bombing attacks in Austin blew himself up as authorities closed in, on March 21, 2018, in Round Rock, Texas. Eric Gay / AP
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said on Wednesday that he had little information about Conditt, but he could confirm that he was unemployed.

    "He did not have a criminal record as best we can tell, so there seems to be very little information about him," Abbot told KXAN, adding that investigators would look through any social media accounts.

    He said Conditt had two roommates who were cooperating with law enforcement.

    One of Conditt's roommates was taken into custody on Wednesday morning, but he was later released, Austin police said. The other was being questioned but had not been arrested, according to authorities.

    A 2012 blog, which appears to be part of a government class project at Austin Community College, lists the writer as Mark Conditt of Pflugerville, Texas. Conditt is believed to have been a resident of Pflugerville, north of Austin.

    Related: Who was Austin bomb suspect Mark Anthony Conditt?

    NBC News could not immediately confirm if the blog was written by the suspect, but public records show only one Mark Conditt in Pflugerville. Austin Community College confirmed that a "Mark Anthony Conditt," born in June 1994, was a student from 2010-12, but did not graduate. The college added that it is "working with Austin Police Department to provide any information they need."

    The blog espouses some political beliefs, including entries describing why the author believes gay marriage should not be legalized and why the United States should do away with sex offender registration.

    Jeff Reeb, a neighbor of the Conditt family, said that Mark was "a very normal kid" and that the family is "extremely nice."

    "I can't imagine what any of them are going through ... just really nice, calm family, if you can say it that way," Reeb said.

    Family members who live in Denver provided NBC affiliate KUSA with a statement on Wednesday afternoon in which they requested privacy "as we deal with this terrible, terrible knowledge and try to support each other at this time."

    "We are devastated and broken at the news that our family member could be involved in such an awful way," the family said. "We had no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in. Our family is a normal family in every way. We love, we pray, and we try to inspire and serve others. Right now our prayers are for the families who lost loved ones, for those impacted in any way, and for the soul of our Mark."

    Shortly after the announcement that the suspect had been killed, President Donald Trump congratulated law enforcement personnel.


    Even though the suspect was dead, officials warned locals to keep on the lookout for other possible explosives.

    "This is the culmination of three very long weeks for our community," Manley said. "We still need to remain vigilant to ensure no other packages or devices have been left in the community."

    ATF Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski told reporters that officials were "concerned that there may still be other devices out there."


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    Austin bomb suspect 'detonated bomb inside vehicle,' police chief says 0:56
    Austin has been on edge after four attacks using package or other bombs across the city this month left two dead and several injured.

    The most recent occurred Sunday when two people were injured by a device believed to have used a tripwire. The first attack on March 2 killed Stephan House, 39. Ten days later, Draylen Mason, 17, was killed in an explosion that also critically injured his mother. And a separate attack that day critically injured a 75-year-old Hispanic woman.

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    Map locates four explosions in the Austin area between March 2nd and March 18th Roque Ruiz
    Andrew Blankstein reported from New York, and Alexander Smith from London.

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    First Published Mar 21 2018, 4:53 am ET
    Next Story Trail to Austin bombing suspect combined high-tech and old-fashioned techniques
     
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