Packages at FedEx connected to previous Texas explosions, investigators may have lead

MARCH 20, 2018

After another bomb exploded early Tuesday at a FedEx sorting facility in Schertz and a second suspicious package was located at a FedEx ground facility in Southeast Austin, authorities are saying both are connected to the four previous package explosions in Austin this month.

FBI officials have confirmed that the suspicious package found at the FedEx ground facility in Southeast Austin contained an explosive device, according to a news release.

Now, authorities say they may have the suspect on video.

The Statesman reports: In Tuesday’s incidents, one package exploded and the second one “was disrupted by law enforcement,” FBI officials said.

The Schertz Police Department responded to a package explosion around 12:25 a.m. at a FedEx facility at 9935 Doerr Lane in the city of Schertz, near San Antonio. One person — an employee — was treated at the scene and released. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms also responded and continue to process the scene for evidence. 

Later that morning, around 6:19 a.m., Austin police received a call about a suspicious package at 4117 McKinney Falls Parkway in Austin. Austin police, along with the FBI and ATF, responded.
These officials “determined the package contained an explosive device and was disrupted by law enforcement,” the FBI said in a statement. No one was injured in this incident.

The Associated Press reportsU.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Austin who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that investigators have obtained surveillance videos that “could possibly” show a suspect, but are still poring through video.

“I hope his biggest mistake was going through FedEx,” McCaul, who has spoken to federal investigators and Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, said of the bomber in a phone interview.

He added that the person responsible for the bombings had previously been “very sophisticated in going around surveillance cameras.”

“They’ve got a couple of videos that could possibly be the person but they’re not sure at this point,” McCaul said.