New information continues to trickle in just hours after 24-year old Mark Anthony Conditt died during a dramatic confrontation with local police and the FBI; shedding new light on the suspected serial bomber who terrorized central Texas for nearly four weeks.
Police officially identified Conditt Wednesday morning, shortly after the bomber detonated multiple devices while attempting to flee the motel room where he orchestrated his chaotic series of explosions throughout Austin, Texas.
Here’s what we know so far about Mark Anthony Conditt:
- Law enforcement knew Conditt’s identity for approximately 24 hours before confronting the suspect outside his motel room near Austin, Texas.
- Witnesses reported the suspect outside a FedEx drop-off location wearing a “crazy disguise” including a wig and rubber gloves.
- Police used surveillance footage to determine the suspect’s car.
- According to the Associated Press, Conditt attended Austin Community College between 2010 and 2012, but never graduated.
- There’s no known motive for his bombing campaign, with federal investigators digging into his social media presence to try and find any additional information.
- It’s unclear if Conditt acted alone or received help from other individuals.
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.
EXPLOSIVE ENDING: Austin Suspect BLOWS HIMSELF UP as SWAT Approaches
The 24-year old suspect behind a string of devastating bombings that rocked Texas this month ended his life in dramatic fashion late Tuesday; blowing himself up as a SWAT team approached his vehicle.
According to Fox News, the bomber -identified as Mark Anthony Conditt- was killed outside his motel where he reportedly orchestrated his campaign of explosions that terrorized Austin and central Texas for four weeks.
“We wanted this to come to a peaceful resolution tonight,” said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley. “However, we were not afforded that opportunity when he started to drive away.”
“Police said the man detonated two package bombs as police closed in, firing at him. It was not immediately clear whether he died from the bombs or shots fired by police. One officer was knocked back by the blasts, but none were seriously hurt,” writes Fox.
Police are warning local residents that more “package bombs” may be out there, and are urging Texans to remain vigilant.
“We don’t know where he has been in the past 24 hours,” Manley said. “If you see something that looks suspicious, see something out of place, see something that gives you concern, call 911.”