Federal Criminal Complaint Dismissed Against Mark Conditt in Connection with Austin Bombings Investigation
In Austin today, authorities dismissed a federal charge pending against Mark Conditt of Pflugerville, TX, in connection with a string of bombing incidents in the city of Austin and surrounding areas last month, stated Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, ATF Special Agent in Charge Fred J. Milanowski, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore and United States Attorney John F. Bash, Western District of Texas.
A federal criminal complaint signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane on March 20, 2018, charged Conditt with one count of unlawful possession and transfer of a destructive device. That complaint was signed, and an arrest warrant issued, just hours before Conditt detonated a destructive device as authorities were attempting to apprehend him in Round Rock, TX. Conditt died during the incident.
The Travis County Medical Examiner, in connection with the Round Rock Justice of the Peace Dain Johnson, has officially positively identified the deceased as Mark Conditt and released the remains to his family. The identification of Conditt was necessary before federal authorities could move to dismiss the criminal complaint.
This investigation continues as authorities are still reviewing evidence collected in this case, namely computer related information.
The Austin Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives are investigating this case. The Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the United States Marshals Service, the Round Rock Police Department, the Schertz Police Department, the Pflugerville Police Department, and the Cedar Park Police Department are providing valuable assistance in this investigation. The Travis County District Attorney’s Office and the Austin Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas have collaboratively provided legal support during the investigation of these incidents.