AUSTIN, Texas — The suspect in the serial bombings that loomed over Austin for nearly a month has died by his own detonated device, and officials have released his identity.
Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the dead suspect has been identified as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, a Pflugerville resident.
The chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security committee says authorities seem to think the Austin bombing suspect had “above average intelligence.”
Republican Congressman Michael McCaul told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the suspect matched the FBI’s initial profile suspicion that the bomber was likely a white male. But he says a psychological profile probably won’t be known until investigators go through Mark Conditt’s writings and social media postings.
Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies issued a news release Wednesday saying a federal criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Tuesday night for Conditt on a charge of unlawful possession and transfer of a destructive device.
The agencies say the investigation remains open and the documents remain under seal. They also repeated their warning that members of the public should report anything that looks suspicious, as there may still be bombs that haven’t been found.
Authorities say Conditt blew himself up overnight in his vehicle in a hotel parking lot in another suburb as a SWAT team closed in on him.
Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales said he lived two blocks away from Conditt, according to The Associated Press. Gonzales said Conditt's home had been under surveillance since Tuesday night.
A search of Conditt’s address on Google Earth shows that for unknown reasons his house has been blurred out.
An Austin Community College spokeswoman said Conditt went to the school from 2010 to 2012, where took general education courses at the ACC Northridge and Round Rock Campuses. His declared major was business administration, but he did not graduate. When he left in 2012 he was in good academic standing. He has not been enrolled in courses for the past six years.
A neighbor of the Austin bombing suspect’s parents says the couple homeschooled all four of their children.
Jeff Reeb said Wednesday that Mark Conditt’s parents educated Conditt and his three younger sisters at their home in the Austin suburb of Pflugerville. The sisters ares 21, 18 and 13.
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According to a post shared by his mother on Facebook, he was homeschooled and went on to attend at Austin Community Colleges's Northridge campus.
This is a developing story. Stay with Spectrum News for updates as they become available.
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