Multiple agencies offering rewards for information leading to Austin package bomber

Multiple agencies offering rewards for information leading to Austin package bomber
(Source: FBI)

AUSTIN, TX (KLTV) - Multiple agencies are offering a reward for information that leads to the capture of the Austin package bomber.

According to a press release given by the FBI, The Austin Police Department, FBI, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are now offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the package bombs which recently injured and killed several Austin residents.

An additional $15,000 reward has been offered separately through Texas Crime Stoppers.

The FBI reports that more than 500 law enforcement personnel are actively involved in the investigation.

The investigation is focusing on three package bomb explosions which killed two and injured two victims. Authorities believe the three incidents are related.

On Friday, March 2, 2018,  39-year-old Anthony Stephan House was killed after he handled a box left on his front porch at his residence in the 1100 block of Haverford Drive.

On Monday, March 12, 2018, 17-year-old Draylen William Mason was killed and his 41-year-old mother was critically injured after she opened a package left on the front porch of her residence at the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive, in Austin.

Later that Monday morning, a 75-year-old Hispanic female was critically injured when she handled a package left near her home in the 6700 block of Galindo Street, in the Montopolis Neighborhood, in Austin.

Governor Abbott announced today the release of $265,500 in emergency funding for the Austin Police Department (APD) and the Texas Ranger Bomb Response Team to purchase seven portable x-ray systems for use in bomb detection and responding to suspicious package investigations. These x-ray systems are used by bomb technicians on the scene and provide clear visual evidence for rapid assessment of a package's safety.

"I want to ensure everyone in the Austin region and the entire state that Texas is committed to providing every resource necessary to make sure these crimes are solved as quickly as possible," said Governor Abbott in his press release. "I offer my sincere thanks to law enforcement at the local, state and federal level for their efforts to ensure that those responsible for these attacks are apprehended and brought to justice."

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