Local and federal authorities in Austin now believe the fourth explosion to rock the Texas capital over the weekend is linked to three other incidents in as many weeks; signaling the random attacks appear to be the work of a “serial bomber.”
According to USA Today, state officials are now offering a total of $115,000 for any information regarding the blasts; with dozens of police officers and FBI agents swarming the town as authorities race to find the culprit.
“These events in Austin have garnered worldwide attention, and we assure you that we are listening,” interim Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference. “We want to understand what brought you to this point, and we want to listen to you.”
Manley’s comments come as two people are dead, three people injured, and a 70-year-old woman was left fighting for her life after a string of deadly explosions shook central Texas.
“We’re hoping to encourage [the bomber] to come forward with the addition of this tip money that’s now available,” added the police chief. “The person or persons understand what that message is, and is responsible for constructing or delivering these devices, and we hope this person or persons is watching and will reach out to us before anyone else is injured or killed out of this even.”
AUSTIN ON EDGE: ‘Trip Wire’ Explosion ROCKS TEXAS, 2 Injured
A fourth explosion rocked Austin, Texas Sunday evening; injuring two bicyclists as local and federal authorities scramble to find the culprit behind the seemingly random attacks before the attacker can strike again.
According to Fox News, the blast was possibly caused when the bicyclists triggered a ‘trip wire,’ signaling the suspect has a more “advanced” knowledge of bomb-making than previously thought and may be preparing to ratchet up the sophistication of their attacks.
“If this explosion was the result of a bomb using trip wire technology, that is showing a different level of skill above that we were already concerned that this suspect or suspects may possess,” said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley.
“That changes things, in that our safety message to this point has been involving the handling of packages and telling communities ‘do not handle packages, do not pick up packages, do not disturb packages,’” he added.
“Two men in their 20s suffered non-life threatening injuries in the blast, including one who had nails in his leg,” writes Fox.
If confirmed by the FBI and ATF, this would be the fourth explosion to rock the Texan capital in as many weeks.
SERIAL BOMBER? Third Explosion in TWO WEEKS Rocks Austin, Leaves Teenager Dead
Local law enforcement and federal agents from the ATF and FBI are on the scene in Austin, Texas after a third explosion in two weeks left a teenager dead and one woman seriously injured Monday; raising fears the “random” attacks may be the work of a serial bomber.
“Austin Police said they received a call about the first explosion in a neighborhood on the northeast side of the city around 6:45 a.m., after the 17-year-old resident found a package on the front step, brought it inside, and opened it in the kitchen where it exploded,” writes Fox News.
“There are similarities that we cannot rule out that these two items are, in fact, related,” said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley.
The Austin-Travis County Emergency Services twitter account posted information of the attack on social media earlier Monday, saying “Multiple #ATCEMS @Austin_Police @AustinFireInfo onscene of a reported explosion at 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Dr (06:44); 2 pts identified thus far with Medics obtaining DOS pronouncement of late teens Male & ~40’s F txpt’d to DSMC w/serious potentially life threat inj’s. MTF…”
Multiple #ATCEMS @Austin_Police @AustinFireInfo onscene of a reported explosion at 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Dr (06:44); 2 pts identified thus far with Medics obtaining DOS pronouncement of late teens Male & ~40's F txpt'd to DSMC w/serious potentially life threat inj's. MTF…
— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) March 12, 2018