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Austin bombing suspect identified as Mark Anthony Conditt

The 24-year-old white male from Pflugerville, Texas, blew himself up.

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The Austin bombing suspect has been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, a 24-year-old white male from Pflugerville, Texas, just 17 miles away from the city that he terrorized over the last three weeks, law enforcement sources told the Associated Press.

Conditt blew himself up in his car on Wednesday morning, as SWAT teams and other law enforcement surrounded his vehicle.


Investigators closed in on Conditt on Tuesday evening, after discovering an unexploded device that had been dropped off at a FedEx site. Law enforcement used cell phone technology to locate Conditt at his hotel in Round Rock, a city north of Austin, according to KVUE, a local ABC affiliate.

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Property records suggest that Conditt bought property in Pflugerville with his father, William Patrick Conditt, in February 2017. Conditt was living in that property, where he and his father had built a house, a neighbor told the Statesman.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, speaking on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday, said that Conditt lived with two roommates, both of whom are cooperating with police. One roommate has been questioned and released. The other was still being questioned as of 2.40 p.m. eastern time.

Conditt was allegedly responsible for a total of five explosions in less than three weeks, which left two dead and seven injured. A sixth unexploded device was found at a FedEx facility in Austin on Tuesday.

Law enforcement said Wednesday that they think one person created all the explosive devices. They’re also urging residents to be cautious, as the suspect may have left more devices.

So far, information about what compelled Conditt to carry out the string of bombings is scant. His grandmother told CNN that he was “low-key and peaceful.” Conversely, his friend Jeremiah Jensen told the Statesman that he was “really rough around the edges.” “He was a very assertive person and would … end up being kind of dominant and intimidating in conversation,” Jensen added.


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Abbott also told "Fox & Friends" that Conditt is not former military and had not posted anything online that would constitute a “red flag” to law enforcement. He added that Conditt had not wiped his digital footprint and that there’s a “treasure trove of information that should shed light on who he is, what he did, and why he was doing it.”

A blog from from about five years ago written by Conditt makes no suggestion of violent ideation but does offer some insight into his political stances. “My name is Mark Conditt,” he wrote in his “about me.” “I enjoy cycling, parkour, tennis, reading, and listening to music. I am not that politically inclined. I view myself as a conservative, but I don't think I have enough information to defend my stance as well as it should be defended.”

In one post from 2012, Conditt explained why he thought gay marriage should be illegal and likens homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality. "I do not believe it is proper to pass laws stating that homosexuals have 'rights,'" Conditt wrote. He also had mixed feelings on the sex offender registry.

Conditt’s only criminal record is a traffic violation in June 2017.

He’s also registered to vote in 2012 and 2016 in Travid County, but the records don’t disclose party affiliation. He was homeschooled by his mother with his younger siblings.

Cover image: Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, center, stands with other members of law enforcement as he briefs the media, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)