For local residents: Downtown Pflugerville residents given all-clear to return to their homes, authorities still investigating bombing suspect’s house

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Update 8:38 p.m.

Pflugerville PD has given an all-clear for downtown residents to return to their homes.

“We understand that it was an inconvenience to evacuate, but it allowed authorities to fully investigate the scene and ensure the safety of the community,” a police spokesperson said in a release.

Authorities are still investigating the suspect’s home at 403 North Second Street and residents are asked to stay clear of the property.

Update 6 p.m. 

Update 4:06 p.m.

During a press conference, Pflugerville Police Chief Jessica Robledo said that citizens evacuated from the area near the suspect’s house should go to the Pflugerville Public Library, located at 1008 Pfluger St., or the Pflugerville Recreation Center, located at 400 Immanuel Road.

Robledo said the situation is fluid and there is not yet a timeline for when residents can return home.

Update 3:25 p.m.

Experts are working to safely remove homemade explosives from the suspect’s house in Pflugerville, according to a joint press release from the FBI, ATF and APD.

The house is located at 403 North Second Street, according to the release.

Residents within a four-block radius from the house have been evacuated and the area remains closed to traffic.

Update 2:08 p.m.

Austin Community College confirmed to Community Impact Newspaper that Mark Conditt attended general education courses at ACC Northridge and Round Rock campuses between 2010 and 2012. His declared major was business administration. He did not graduate but left the school in good academic standing, an ACC spokesperson said.

Update 1:34 p.m.

Austin police said that investigators detained the two roommates of the bombing suspect. One of the roommates was questioned and released and the other is currently being questioned.

The names of the roommates are not being released at this time.

Update 1:20 p.m.

Update 1:11 p.m.

Officials have closed Railroad Avenue between Pecan Street and Applewood Drive. 

Update 11:45 a.m.

Pflugerville Police Chief Jessica Robledo said officials are evacuating a 5-block radius around the suspect’s house.

Update 11:30 a.m.

Update 11:02 a.m.

Members of SWAT are still on the scene at a house in Pflugerville believed to be the home of the Austin bombing suspect, Mark Conditt.

State Troopers have secured the perimeter around the house on Second street in Pflugerville. A SWAT vehicle is on site, and officers can be heard breaking various items, including windows, at times over the last 30 minutes.

The map below shows the locations of the five explosions in red as well as the location of where police attempted to apprehend the suspect before he died after detonating a bomb inside his vehicle. The blue icon shows the site of where law enforcement believe he lived in Pflugerville.

Update 10:40 a.m.

The suspected Austin bomber has been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, according to Community Impact Newspaper‘s media partner Fox 7 Austin.

Law enforcement have blocked off a portion of Second Street in Pflugerville as they investigate a house they believe is the home of the suspect.

The house is near Second and Walnut streets near downtown Pflugerville.

Gov. Greg Abbott told Fox 7 Austin that officials are interviewing Conditt’s two roommates, who are cooperating.

Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales said he has not received any further details on Conditt but was told by law enforcement that he was a Pflugerville resident.

Gonzales said he lives roughly 150 yards away from the residence of the alleged bomber but does not know the suspect or his family.

The area where the home is located is largely rental properties, Gonzales said.

“We would like to assure the residents of Pflugerville that we feel confident that the bomber is no longer a presence in Pflugerville,” Gonzales said. “We do appreciate all of the cooperation from residents.”

Gonzales said that the Pflugerville Police Department is cooperating with the investigating agencies.

On Tuesday night, Pflugerville police investigated a suspicious package at a FedEx drop-off location on the 200 block of Second Street but determined that it was not a bomb, Gonzales said.

The suspect believed to be responsible for the five bombings in Central Texas died when a bomb was detonated inside his vehicle as SWAT officers approached the car in the 1700 block of North I-35. Southbound I-35 was closed early Wednesday between Old Settlers Boulevard and Sam Bass Road but reopened around 8:30 a.m., according to reports from Fox 7.

A spokesperson from Austin Community College confirmed that Conditt attended classes from 2010 to 2012. Per the ACC official, Conditt did not graduate and has not enrolled in any courses in the past six years.

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Nicholas Cicale
Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016. When he's not writing, Nick enjoys sports, music, great food and bad jokes.
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