Officials offering $115,000 for information on package bombings
The Austin Police Department and federal agents with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have announced an increase in reward money for information relating to the bomb explosions that have killed two in Austin, Texas.
The reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case is now $100,000.
This is in addition to Governor Abbott’s $15,000 reward. Total $115,000.
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Austin police get 370 suspicious package calls, find nothing
There have been three explosions since March 2, 2018 that killed two people and wounded two others.
FEDERAL DATA: 3 bombings in the U.S. in 2016 involved a hand-placed box
A package bomb exploded at an East Austin home on March 2, killing 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House. Then, on Monday, package bombs at two addresses in other parts of the city exploded, killing a 17-year-old, wounding his mother and injuring a 75 year-old Esperanza Herrera.
No arrests have been made.
Austin police offer $50k reward that leads to arrest for package explosions
According to APD Interim Chief Manley, the Austin Police Department has received 435 leads, conducted 236 interviews and has 500 agents working on these investigations.
Interim Police Chief Manley also said they now know the materials used to construct these devices.
APD is urging the public to not pick up any unexpected packages found and to call 911 instead. Interim Police Chief Brian Manley said the department has received hundreds of calls for suspicious packages, none of which have turned out to be related to the exploding package cases.
Three reported explosions at different Austin homes within days
Officials ask the public to call 512-472-TIPS or 1-800-252-TIPS with any information.