Mark Anthony Conditt has been identified as the Austin serial bomber, law-enforcement officials told several news outlets.
Conditt, of Pflugerville, Texas, blew himself up Wednesday morning after police cornered him in a vehicle after tracking him to a local hotel, police said. Authorities said they were led to Conditt, 23, based on evidence gathered from a FedEx store where he shipped two parcel bombs.
Five bombs have killed two people and injured four across the Texas capital since March 2. Another bomb exploded at a FedEx sorting facility outside San Antonio just after midnight Tuesday. Police said another, undetonated bomb was recovered hours later at another FedEx facility in Austin. Both parcels were sent from Austin to locations in Austin, authorities said.
Conditt was reportedly wearing a disguise when he walked into the FedEx store to drop of the packages, according to KVUE-TV, but police were still able to gather enough information about his appearance from surveillance footage to identify him, before obtaining a search warrant on his Google search history and locating his home address.
NEW: @USMarshalsGov Lone Star Fugitive Task Force – Austin Division gathered clues from @FedEx video taken Sunday of #TEXASBOMBER dropping off last two packages for delivery. @News4SA @KABBFOX29 pic.twitter.com/XRVdPjDMLc
— Kristina De Leon (@KristinaDeLeon) March 21, 2018
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a television interview Wednesday that Conditt was living with roommates, who were being questioned by police. Abbott said officials found a “treasure trove” of information at the home. The house is owned by his father, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
“We don’t know where this suspect has spent his last 24 hours, and therefore we need to remain vigilant to be sure no other packages have been left throughout the community,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters Wednesday.
Conditt’s neighbor Hector Del Valle, 42, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday that he first heard helicopters when he woke up at 6 a.m. to get his kids ready for school.
“There’s a state trooper in my driveway, and they probably have about half a mile blocked off all the way around,” Del Valle, a hairstylist, said over the phone.
“I’m hoping that it’s all over,” he added. “It’s crazy to think he lived right down the street. This is a really quiet neighborhood, like one of the safest cities to live in and it’s insane that this guy lived here.”
Authorities have not speculated on Conditt’s motive for the serial bomb attacks.
In blog posts from 2012, a Mark Conditt from the suspect’s hometown identified himself as conservative, albeit not politically engaged. He wrote in favor of the death penalty, and against gay marriage and abortion.
Writing in favor of the death penalty for a convicted murderer, Conditt wrote “if he had wanted or wished for death, he would have just shot himself.”
According to a Facebook photo posted by his mother, Danene Conditt, her son graduated from high school in February 2013.
“He’s thinking of taking some time to figure out what he wants to do,” she wrote at the time. “Maybe a mission trip. Thanks to everyone for your support over the years.”
An unnamed neighbor told the Statesman that Conditt was home-schooled and then went to Austin Community College. A spokesperson for the Austin Community College confirmed to the El Paso Times that Conditt attended the school from 2010 to 2012 but did not graduate.
“I know this is a cliché but I just can’t imagine that,” that neighbor told the newspaper, adding the bomber was a nice kid and came from a great family.
Conditt reportedly worked as a computer-repair technician and then at Crux Semiconductor in Austin as a “purchasing agent/buyer/shipping and receiving,” according to a profile on a job-recruiting website viewed by the Statesman. A woman who answered the door said she couldn’t comment.
A public records search by The Daily Beast found that Conditt had no criminal records in the misdemeanor or felony courts of Travis County, which includes Austin and Pflugerville.