Reward for Austin package bomb information increased to $115K
AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) - The Austin Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced an increase in the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people behind three package bomb explosions this month.
In a press conference on Sunday, APD Chief Brian Manley announced the reward has been raised to $100,000, in addition to the $15,000 reward being offered by Gov. Greg Abbott's office.
Two people have been killed and two others were injured.
Chief Manley says investigators believe these explosions were meant to send a message, but that law enforcement does not yet know what that message is--and APD is hoping to find that out from the suspect or suspects themselves.
Manley asked the person or persons responsible to reach out to Austin Police by calling 911 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthony Stephan House, 39, was killed when one of the devices exploded at his home in northeast Austin March 2.
Draylen Mason, 17, was killed March 12 after a package bomb found outside his home in east Austin was brought inside. The explosion also injured his mother.
Another package explosion in southeast Austin on the same day injured a 75-year-old woman.
Over 500 federal investigators are assisting in the investigation, and so far 435 tips have been called in, leading to 236 interviews.
So far, none of those leads has panned out.
Chief Manley says 735 suspicious package calls have been made since March 12, and none of them were found to be dangerous.
Police caution that as they learn more about the bombs and their construction, the public needs to be aware that the materials are extremely volatile and dangerous.
Austin Police urge anyone with any information to call in their tips to 512-472-TIPS or 911.