APD defends downplaying first package explosion
During a Tuesday press conference, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley defended his decision to call the first package bombing an isolated incident.
Investigators on March 2nd were working under the theory the package bomb that killed a 39-year-old father in a Northeast Austin neighborhood could possibly be related to a nearby house that was busted for drugs just days earlier.
“We believed that this may have been a retaliatory act for the raid they did on the house and they simply got the wrong house,” said Manley.
Police said Tuesday the home where the drug bust happened had the same red brick and similar cars to the home where the package exploded.
Now after two more explosions happened Monday, Austin Police were questioned for not warning residents to be on the lookout for suspicious packages.
A second blast on Monday killed a 17-year-old teenager and a third badly wounded a 75-year-old woman.
Hector Lima lives across the street from the red brick home where the drug bust happened three days prior to the first deadly explosion. “Got ready for work and by the time I got out(side) there was like 50 officers standing right outside, all with guns and gear,” said Lima.
The ATF and the FBI are assisting Austin Police with the investigation.
Austin Police said they’re putting up a reward of $50,000 for information that leads to an arrest. That's on top of the $15,000 reward being offered by Governor Greg Abbott's office.