Authorities Confirm Latest Package Bombs Are Connected
The Austin Police Department (APD), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) are confirming that two packages located at two separate FedEx facilities in the Austin/San Antonio area on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 are connected to the four previous package explosions that occurred between March 2 and March 18, 2018 in Austin, Texas. In Tuesday’s incidents, one package exploded and the second one was disrupted by law enforcement.
Schertz Police Department responded to a package explosion at approximately 12:25 a.m. at the FedEx facility located at 9935 Doerr Lane in Schertz, Texas. One person, an employee, was treated at the scene and released. FBI and ATF also responded and continue to process the scene for evidence.
Later that morning, at approximately 6:19 a.m., APD received a call regarding a suspicious package at 4117 McKinney Falls Parkway in Austin. APD, along with the FBI and the ATF, responded. It was determined the package contained an explosive device and was disrupted by law enforcement. No injuries were reported.
We continue to ask the public to be vigilant. Do not approach or interact with a suspicious person or object. We ask that you contact law enforcement and not attempt to intervene on your own. Until the individual(s) behind these package explosions is apprehended, there remains an ongoing threat to the public.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the TIPS Hotline at 512-472-TIPS(8477) or 1-800-893-8477. Tips can also be submitted online via APD’s free mobile app, available on iPhone and Android. Individuals who provide information may remain anonymous.
There is a reward of up to $100,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for these incidents. An additional $15,000 reward has been offered separately through Texas Crime Stoppers.