This is a photo of Mark Anthony Conditt, the Boston bomber.
“I officially graduated Mark from High School on Friday. 1 down, 3 to go. He has 30 hrs of college credit too, but he’s thinking of taking some time to figure out what he wants to do….maybe a mission trip. Thanks to everyone for your support over the years,” a woman wrote with the photo share on Facebook.
Here’s a fuller view of the first photo of Conditt out of disguise anyway.
And here’s photos of Conditt wearing what is believed to be a wig and gloves as he mailed two packages at a FedEx facility on Austin.
The Austin bombing suspect, believed responsible for terrorizing the Texas community with serial bombings that killed two young men, is dead. In the early morning hours of March 21, police tracked Conditt down and cornered him near a Red Roof Inn. The Austin police chief confirmed the news in a press conference in the early morning hours of March 21. The bomber died at his own hand, police say. Mark Anthony Conditt blew himself up, committing suicide with his final explosive device.
Authorities did not release the bomber’s name. However, the bomber was identified as Mark Anthony Conditt by NBC News. The deceased bomber was a 24-year-old white male, the police chief, Brian Manley, said as far as providing biographical details when the news first broke. He did not provide other details of the bomber’s identity, including his name. “We do not understand what motivated him to do what he did,” the chief said. “We do believe all of these are related, and that he was responsible for all of these” bombings.
“We started to get information on one person of interest… and as we continued to do our investigations, this person of interest ultimately moved to being a suspect,” the Austin police chief said in the early morning news conference. “We started focusing on his involvement in these crimes. Late last night and early this morning, we felt very confident that this was the suspect.” The chief said witnesses and video sources proved crucial.
“Sources say the suspect killed himself using an explosive device,” Austin journalist Tony Plohetski wrote on Twitter as news broke, and the chief confirmed that information. Photos of a person of interest, supposedly wearing a wig, were published not long before the bomber’s death by News 4 San Antonio as authorities recovered the first images of a possible suspect and began closing in on the deadly bomber. The suspect was reportedly pursued by police along I-35.
The Austin police chief said police located the vehicle the suspect was driving and found it at a Round Rock hotel in the Austin area. Tactical teams were arriving, when the suspect’s vehicle started driving away, although authorities are not sure why. Police began following the vehicle. The vehicle ended up stopping in a ditch. “As members of the Austin Police Department SWAT team approached the vehicle,” the suspect detonated a device in the vehicle, killing himself, the police chief said. That knocked one of the SWAT officers back. The suspect is not being named yet because he has not been positively identified yet by the medical examiner and next of kin were not yet notified, according to the chief.
“We have seen members of our community who lost their lives,” the chief said. He added that police do not know where the suspect has been in the last 24 hours so the community needs to remain vigilant in case there are other packages. The chief said that police know who the suspect addressed the packages he mailed at FedEx to but won’t release those names. They said they had been in contact with those people, however.
Police do not know whether the bomber was intending to plant the device he used to kill himself. “We don’t know what his background his,” the chief said.
The suspect’s death came at the end of an officer-involved shooting situation, reports said. Some reports said earlier that shots were fired.
“BREAKING: APD, FBI arresting suspect in Austin bombing. Suspect detonated device, shots were fired. #AustinBomber #austinPD,” reported Kris Betts of KVUE-TV. However, news then came that the suspected bomber was dead.
The ATF was at the scene on I-35. One woman wrote on Facebook, “Wow he was in a hotel near us and when they figured out it was him, he detonated himself. Not in the hotel though. Hmmm Guess that’s that.The end. (I knew they would find him!! )Don’t drive on 35 in Round Rock near 79 it’s closed. Round Rock police say use other
The suspect’s undoing may have been his trip to FedEx to mail two packages – one of which exploded in the San Antonio area at a FedEx facility earlier in the day.
News reports say Conditt reported on Twitter was cornered after “police traced suspect using mix of cell phone technology, security video, store receipts.” Television news reports in Austin said that police had painstakingly tracked down receipts for items that comprised the devices.
That led them to the suspect’s identity and, eventually, his location.
According to NBC Los Angeles, “The confrontation took place between the Austin PD SWAT team and the individual believed to be connected to the bombings.”
Timothy Lindholm wrote on Facebook, “So I was just stuck on 35 in Round Rock and had 15 or so unmarked police cars fly by us as we didn’t move for almost half an hour. A state trooper started walking by letting us know we will all move soon, then he just started running back from where he came. Nothing is on the news anywhere, but there were about 50 or so police cars, swat vehicles and a command center outside of this hotel on the other side of the highway as I drove by! The video doesn’t do it justice. I’ve never seen a scene like this! Fingers crossed that they have the person who is causing the mayhem in Austin surrounded.”
CBS Austin said the wig-wearing person of interest in the first photos was the same person who is now dead. “BREAKING: Exclusive photos of Austin bombing ‘Person of Interest’ dropping off 2 packages at Austin @FedEx store. Believed to be wearing wig. Recognize him? Contact: @FBI @Austin_Police,” News 4 reporter Randy Beamer wrote on Twitter on March 20, 2018. Based on the photos circulated by Beamer, the alleged bomber’s mistake may have been the FedEx package that exploded, leading authorities to surveillance video and a sense of his identity.
According to the San Antonio television station, the station “obtained photos of the person investigators believe dropped off two suspicious packages on Sunday. Investigators say this is a person of interest and that the two packages are connected to the string of explosions in Austin.” The station reported that the photos came from “inside a South Austin FedEx Office store on Brodie Lane where the person shipped the two packages.”
One of those packages exploded on Tuesday March 20 at the FedEx facility near San Antonio.