What we know about Austin bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt

Suspected serial bomber was 23 years old

By Aaron Wische - Senior Executive Producer, NICOLE CHAVEZ

AUSTIN, Texas - Police have identified the Austin serial bombing suspect as Mark Anthony Conditt, according to a source with direct involvement in the investigation.

Police said Conditt, who they believe was behind a series of bombings that terrified Austin, Texas, for 19 days, is dead.

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Authorities have called Conditt, 23, a "serial bomber" who was skilled and capable of making sophisticated devices.

Attended community college

Conditt attended Austin Community College from 2010-12. His declared major was Business Administration and he took general education courses at ACC Northridge and Round Rock campuses.

The college said it continues to work with authorities.

He did not graduate and left ACC in 2012 in good academic standing. He has not enrolled in courses at ACC in six years.

ACC records indicate that no disciplinary actions were taken against Conditt.

Conditt said he was homeschooled on his application to ACC.

As a part of a U.S. Government class project in 2012, Conditt created an online blog related to current national government topics.

Blog posts uncovered

As far back as 2012, Conditt was espousing controversial views on the internet.

Channel 2 Investigates uncovered a blog he had at the time called “Defining My Stance" where he argued against gay marriage, against free abortions and why we should get rid of sex offender registration.

One post included this statement regarding sex offender registries: "So you have a guy who committed a crime. Will putting him on a list make it better? Wouldn't this only make people shun him..."

The last entry on that blog was nearly six years ago, on March 30, 2012.

According to county records, Conditt recently purchased a home in Pflugerville with his father.

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Warrant and complaint

Channel 2 Investigates obtained the criminal complaint filed against Conditt and the arrest warrant for Conditt.

The criminal complaint, filed Tuesday in the Western District of Texas, charges Conditt with unlawful possession and transfer of a destructive device. The affidavit is sealed.

The arrest warrant was also filed Tuesday in the Western District of Texas.

Both documents reference the offense as 26 U.S.C. 5861, which you can read more about here.

His motive is still unknown

Police said the suspect is responsible for the bombings in Austin, but they are still investigating why he carried them out.

How did police find him?

In the past 24 to 36 hours, authorities received information that led them to a person of interest, who later became a suspect.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler confirmed that police obtained surveillance images showing the suspect at a FedEx store in Austin.

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They later identified his car and spotted it Wednesday night at a hotel in Round Rock, Texas, a few miles north of Austin.

As officers waited for tactical units to arrive on the scene, the man began to drive away and later stopped on the side of the road.

It was then that SWAT officers approached the vehicle and the man detonated a bomb inside his car, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.

The suspect died inside the vehicle.

Did he act alone?

It's unclear if he had any accomplices. It appears that he was alone when he drove away from the hotel in Round Rock and when he detonated a device in his car.

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