LATEST: Federal authorities release Mark Conditt arrest warrant, criminal complaint

Conditt died in confrontation with authorities Wednesday morning

By RJ Marquez - Digital Content Curator, CNN, The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas - UPDATE: Federal authorities have released an arrest warrant and a criminal complaint for Mark Conditt. (Documents can be seen below) 

Information continues to come in after the death of Austin bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt.

Conditt died after a confrontation with authorities early Wednesday morning.

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

He is believed to be behind the bombings and explosions that terrified the Austin area for 19 days. Here's everything we know about Conditt. 

(NOTE: This story will be updated throughout the day.) 

He bought bomb-making equipment at Home Depot

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told KXAN-TV that it was "really great police work" that led investigators to Conditt, the AP reported.

McCaul says he thinks the suspect's "fatal mistake was when he walked into a FedEx office to mail the package."

He says from that point, authorities could get surveillance video of him in his vehicle and his license plate number, and then identify him, see what he bought at Home Depot and track his cellphone.

He was 23 years old

Conditt was 23-years-old and a Pflugerville resident, local and federal law enforcement sources told the Austin American-Statesman.

Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales says the suspect lived only two blocks away from him in a part of the city known as Old Town.

Gonzales told The Associated Press that police had surveillance on the home overnight Tuesday, though he said he didn't personally know the family.

His motive is still unknown

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

The Austin American-Statesman reported that in 2012, Conditt laid out his political views in a series of blog posts he wrote for an Austin Community College course on U.S. government. Conditt took very conservative stances in the posts.

CNN reported that ACC school showed Conditt attended the school between 2010 and 2012.

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.

They later identified his car and spotted it Tuesday night at a hotel in Round Rock, 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. Conditt 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.

Austin police chief Brian Manley said this remains an ongoing investigation residents are still urged to stay vigilant and report suspicious packages.


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