Austin Police Offer $50,000 for Information Leading to Arrest in Package Bombings

AUSTIN — Austin police are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in several recent package bomb incidents.Police said in a news conference Tuesday that they had fielded 265 phone calls since asking that people report suspicious packages before handling them. An officer responded to each call, Chief Brian Manley said, and none were deemed suspicious.Three package bombs have exploded in Austin this month, killing two people and injuring three others. Two of the bombs went off Monday. The first, which detonated at 6:45 a.m., killed 17-year-old Draylen Mason and injured his mother. She remained in stable condition Tuesday. The second bomb detonated just before noon, injuring a 75-year-old Hispanic woman, whom Manley declined to identify. She remained in critical condition.On March 2, a blast killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House. His death initially was classified as suspicious, but authorities said Monday that it had been reclassified as a homicide.  Continue reading...

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