Texas serial bomber kills himself with explosive device after confrontation with police
By: Matt Helu and Susan Conte, Xiro Xone News March 21, 2018 Updated: 6:57 AM PT
The man who terrorized the Austin, Texas area by leaving package bombs around the city, killed himself using one of his explosives. Mark Anthony Condit, a 24-year-old Caucasian male died of his own hand when he detonated a bomb inside his car.
Austin serial bomber Conditt killed two people and inured four others. He killed himself with an explosive device while in a confrontation with SWAT. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed to members of the press, “The suspect is an individual 24-year-old white male.” They had no information on whether he acted alone, or the motive behind his actions.
In the early hours Wednesday morning, federal agents and police officers cornered a suspect believed to be the serial bomber. While waiting for the arrival of a tactical vehicle, the suspect started driving away and ran into a ditch. As authorities started approaching his vehicle, the suspect detonated a bomb inside his car. The blowback slightly injured one officer, while the gun of another went was fired presumably from the power of the blast.
“We’re committed to trying to understand why this happened.” FBI agent Christopher Combs, said.
Several tools used by law enforcement lead to the identity of the suspect. Cell phone usage, video surveillance, and Google searches. They traced shopping records for the area using a pattern of purchases and face recognition software after, the suspect was caught on videotape inside a fed-ex store, shipping a package and wearing what appeared to be a disguise.
March 2, 2018 was the start of five package bombs exploding in and around the Austin, Texas over a 20-day period. Communities have had to live in fear and families have had to mourn the deaths of two, while four others continue recovering. In the first three bombing attacks, the bombs were concealed in a package that was delivered to the home of each victim. The fourth attack came when a bomb exploded while two men walking made contact with a tripwire, attached to the bomb. The fifth incident was at a fed-ex distribution center when a package moving along a conveyer belt exploded.
There was an additional package intercepted by authorities before it was detonated. The intercepted bomb helped authorities discover how the bombs were made. This provided pertinent information to federal agents who were able to traced the purchase of "exotic batteries" used in the bombs.
When asked whom the packages were addressed to, Chief Manly said, “We are not going to identify the names on the various packages the bombs were mailed to.”
ATF agents have urged people in the area to exercise caution for the next few days until they are confident that he did not leave additional bombs around the city