By Shane Croucher, NEWSWEEK
Police identified Mark Anthony Conditt as the suspected serial bomber in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Conditt, a 23 or 24-year-old white male, was killed when a bomb detonated as a SWAT team surrounded his vehicle just off a highway in the city of Round Rock, north of Austin.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said investigators had identified Conditt as a potential suspect in the hours before their final confrontation.
(A suspect in a wave of bombing attacks in Austin killed himself inside his car with an explosive device early Wednesday as authorities closed in, police said. Courtesy of CNN and YouTube. Posted on Mar 21, 2018)
Conditt’s vehicle was located at a hotel in Round Rock and police waited for him to make a move.
As Conditt drove away, police followed, awaiting support from a tactical team.
Conditt pulled over on Interstate 35, and the SWAT team moved in.
Conditt then appears to have detonated a bomb, killing himself and knocking back one of the SWAT team in the blast. Officers opened fire.
Conditt is alleged to be responsible for a series of deadly bombings in the Austin area during March.
CCTV images of the suspect from a FedEx office in south Austin show a blond white male, potentially in a wig, wearing a baseball cap, green T-shirt and jeans as he sends a parcel.
(Austin, Texas serial bomber Mark Anthony Conditt is dead after detonating a bomb inside his car, upon realizing SWAT was closing in on him. Courtesy of Fox News and YouTube. Posted on Mar 21, 2018)
His motive is unknown and Manley said investigators could not yet confirm that he worked alone. They believe he built the bombs himself.
The first package bomb exploded on March 2 at 6:55 a.m., killing Anthony Stephan House, 39, at his home on the 1100 block of Haverford Drive in Austin.
On March 12, Draylen Mason, 17, was killed, and a woman seriously injured, in a package-bomb explosion in the kitchen of a home on the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive at 6:44 a.m.
At 11:50 a.m. the same day, Esperanza Herrera, 75, was severely injured in a package explosion while visiting her mother’s home on the 6700 block of Galindo Street.
Two men in their 20s were seriously injured by the explosion on the 4800 block of Dawn Song Drive at about 8:30 p.m. on March 18.
Police said the device was left on the side of the road, and the two men were either cycling or pushing their bikes when the explosion occurred.
Both patients are in serious but not life-threatening condition, a spokesperson at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center told CNN.
(On March 21, law enforcement officials identified the suspected Austin bomber as Mark Anthony Conditt of Pflugerville, Tex. Courtesy of the Washington Post and YouTube. Posted on Mar 21, 2018)
One person received a minor injury at a FedEx distribution facility in San Antonio on March 20 when a parcel destined for Austin exploded at around 12:30 a.m.
It contained an incendiary device. Police were called to a second suspicious package at a FedEx warehouse in Austin later that afternoon and found it contained a bomb.