Authorities have identified the suspect believed to be responsible for serial bombings in Austin, Texas, that killed two people and injured several more.
The suspect has been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, 24, of Pflugerville, Texas. As CrimeOnline previously reported, the suspect died early Wednesday after he self-detonated an explosive device in his car as federal agents were pursuing him.
Authorities had identified Conditt as a possible suspect just a day earlier, and were preparing to apprehend him at a hotel in Round Rock when he left the hotel in his vehicle. Law enforcements agents followed him until he drove into a ditch. As the agents were approaching the vehicle, Conditt activated an explosive device, killing himself.
USA Today reports that Conditt is a graduate of Austin Community College. He worked for Crux Semiconductor and previously as a computer repair technician. According to the New York Post, he was unemployed at the time of the bombings.
Law enforcement reportedly scanned surveillance video from a FedEx location in South Austin to help identify the suspect. CBS Austin obtained the video showing a man believed to be Conditt sending a package at the store.
The bombings began on March 2. An adult male and a 17-year-old boy were killed when they opened packages delivered to their homes containing explosives. Four more people were injured in four separate bombing incidents, and a fifth explosion occurred at a FedEx facility outside of San Antonio early Tuesday.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said in a news conference that authorities could not rule out the possibility of additional explosives in the city.
“We don’t know where this suspect has spent his last 24 hours and therefore we still need to remain vigilant to ensure that no other packages or devices have been left to the community,” Manley said, according to the Associated Press.
Authorities have not revealed any possible motive in the bombings, and police had previously said they could not rule out the possibility of a hate crime, given that the explosives appeared to be targeting racial minorities.
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