The man police had identified as their top suspect in a string of deadly bombings in the Austin, Texas, area made a cellphone recording describing seven bombs he said he had constructed. Investigators discovered the message after the suspect killed himself early Wednesday by triggering an explosion in his car as officers approached the vehicle to make an arrest, police said Wednesday.
Officials identified him as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, from Pflugerville, Texas, outside Austin.
In a news conference Wednesday evening, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said officers discovered a 25-minute recording on a cellphone.
“I would classify this as a confession,” said Manley, adding that the recording
Surveillance footage shows Conditt bringing packages to be shipped — and attracting particular notice because of a distinctly obvious disguise: a light-colored wig and gloves.
Conditt was the oldest of three children; he has two sisters. Their parents were Danene Conditt, 56, and Pat Conditt, 57, who also live in Pflugerville.
Conditt was home-schooled by his mother, Danene. A Facebook account in that name shows a celebratory note that was posted in February 2013 stating, “I officially graduated Mark from High School on Friday.
Earlier Wednesday, police identified Conditt only as a 24-year-old white male. In a later statement, officials clarified that he was 23. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley waited for positive identification and notification of next of kin before making an official announcement.
The U.S. attorney in the Western District of Texas released a criminal complaint and arrest warrant on Wednesday accusing Conditt of receiving, possessing and The U.S. attorney in the Western District of Texas released a criminal complaint and arrest warrant on Wednesday accusing Conditt of receiving, possessing and transferring a destructive device. The documents were filed Tuesday evening, hours before officials say Conditt killed himself.
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