What we know about Austin serial bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt
SAN ANTONIO (KABB/WOAI) - On Wednesday morning, investigators identified the Austin, Texas, serial bombings suspect as Mark Anthony Conditt, 23. Here's what we know about the man believed to be responsible for several bombings in the Austin area for the last three weeks.
- Authorities confirmed Conditt is the same person pictured in surveillance photos dropping off two packages at a FedEx drop-off facility. The man in the pictures appeared to be wearing gloves and a wig. NBC News reported this act gave investigators the information they needed to conclusively identify Conditt as the bombing suspect.
- Texas state troopers with the Department of Public Safety surrounded a house in Pflugerville early Wednesday morning where it's believed Conditt lived, according to law enforcement sources. ATF agents were also at the scene and a SWAT unit moved into position at about 10 a.m.
- Pflugerville's mayor, Victor Gonzales, told The Associated Press that Conditt lived only two blocks away from him, although he said he did not personally know the family. He reassured residents that the Pflugerville community was safe as a large police presence surrounded the suspect's possible home on Second Street.
- Austin Community College records confirm Mark Anthony Conditt was a student from 2010 - 2012, but he did not graduate. School officials said they would cooperate with the Austin Police Department to provide any information related to Conditt's college education.
- NBC News reported that Conditt used foreign and "exotic" batteries in each of his explosives, according to multiple senior law enforcement officials. The batteries were ordered online and came from Asia.
- So. how did investigators finally track Conditt down to a hotel in Round Rock late Tuesday night? Senior law enforcement officials told NBC News that Conditt turned on his cell phone at some point, alerting police to his location. After leaving the hotel in his car, Conditt pulled over into a ditch and blew himself up as Austin police and SWAT closed in on him.
- Conditt did not have much of a social media presence, which is uncommon for young people these days. However, someone under the name "Mark Conditt" posted his opinions as part of a government class at Austin Community College. The author posted his views on topics such as abortion, saying “… if a women (sic) does not want a baby, or is incapable of taking care of one, she should not participate in activities that were made for that reason.” On the death penalty, he said, "Living criminals harm and murder, again - executed ones do not.”