East Austin package explosion kills teen, injures woman on Monday

Frederick Owens
March 13, 2018

The woman, described only as in her 40s, was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious and potentially life-threatening injuries.

No one else was injured.

"It is very similar to the incident that occurred in Austin on March 2", Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters... Boulevard. Manley said one of the residents had taken a package from the front porch inside and it exploded when they tried to open it in the kitchen.

Governor Greg Abbott is now offering a reward of $15,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person or persons involved in the deadly package blasts that have occurred in Austin over the past ten days. The U.S. Postal Service confirmed to investigators that the packages did not come through their facilities, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

The March 2 blast was reported about 6:55 a.m.in the 1000 block of Haverford Drive. No other details were disclosed and no connection has yet been made to the earlier explosions, but the Austin Police Department is expected to hold another news conference on Monday afternoon. "With three reported explosions in the Austin area, I want to urge all Texans to report any suspicious or unexpected packages arriving by mail to local law enforcement authorities". Neighbors called police after hearing an explosion inside the house. She is said to be in a critical condition.

Five hours later, an elderly woman was badly injured when opening a package which was left outside her home.

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"If you know anything about these attacks we are asking that you let us know".

The first was on March 2 and the second one, earlier this morning. Police have reclassified the first incident from suspicious to a homicide.

Police also have not decided if these are hate crimes, but said that's a real possibility of the victims' races.

"We're just acknowledging and we're looking at any possible motivations that would link these two cases together so that we can put this case together, understanding the victimology and who might these individuals had known and had in common", Manley said.

However, a motive in the three incidents remains unclear at this time. During the press conference for the Oldfort Hill explosion, police said they could not rule out a hate crime motive. Manley said in both cases, the suspect delivered the packages during the nighttime, and the victims found them in the morning on their doorstep. In the case that residents are confronted with such a package, Manley instructed people to call 911 immediately. "It is important that people be vigilant", Manley added.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Monday it was dispatching members of its National Response Team (NRT) to help respond to the explosions. "Every stop will be pulled out".

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