Mark Anthony Conditt, 24, has been identified as the Austin serial bomber. He lived in the suburban town of Pflugerville, along with two roommates.
Authorities were able to hunt down Conditt and had him pulled over on Interstated 35, around 3:00am, and “detonated a bomb inside the vehicle, knocking one of our SWAT officers back,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said. The officer suffered minor injuries, he said.
“The suspect is deceased and has significant injuries from a blast that occurred from detonating a bomb inside his vehicle,” he added.
Via NY Post: Jay Schulze, who has lived in the neighborhood for 13 years, said he was out jogging Tuesday night when he was stopped by police and asked about the bombings.
He said there has been a large police presence in the neighborhood and that that authorities flew drones over a home from about 9 p.m. Tuesday until about 3 a.m. Wednesday.
He described the home over which the drones were flying as “a weird house with a lot of people coming and going” and a bit rundown.
Investigators who accessed Conditt’s Google search history found he had been looking up other addresses in Austin and the surrounding areas, a law enforcement official told the Austin American-Statesman.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were sent late Tuesday to two homes in the Cedar Park area to check front porches and notify residents that they may be in danger, according to the paper.
During a Fox News interview Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that his roommates have been very cooperative with authorities and that he “would venture to say those two roommates are not at this time suspects.”
Abbott revealed investigators are looking into if Conditt manufactured the bombs at the hotel where they found him.
“That would be the possibility, but again we can’t say with specificity whether there was one or multiple locations where he was building the bombs,” he said.
Police shared the footage showing a man believed to be Conditt entering the FedEx facility wearing what appeared to be a blond wig and gloves as he dropped off two packages.
Officials said that although Conditt is believed to have acted alone, they urged residents to be careful.
“This is the culmination of three very long weeks for our community,” Manley said. “We don’t know where the suspect has spent his last 24 hours, and therefore we still need to remain vigilant to ensure no other packages or devices have been left in the community.”
During an interview with The Wall Street Journal, ATF Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski revealed they found Conditt using basic police techniques.
“There were several small pieces that all came together,” he said Wednesday morning. “It was purchases. It was some video. It was witness statements that all came together.”
Milanoski revealed that after the bomb on March 12, the ATF identified his signature in the explosive devices. “Forensically they were very similar. Same explosive filler was used in all of them,” he said.
According to the agent, all of the bombs contained nails and screws as shrapnel; adding all the bombs were apparently manufactured by one person.
“We believe that the same person built each of these devices,” he said.
Authorities said they are investigating a motive and whether any accomplices helped the suspect.