Police: Exploding package caused death of NE Austin man, tips sought

Police have identified the victim as 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House. (Photo courtesy: Norrell Waynewood)

Austin Police have identified a man killed after an explosion at his home in northeast Austin last Friday.

It happened around 6:55 a.m. at the home at 1112 Haverford Drive.

The victim has been identified as 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House.

APD says from what they've gathered so far, they don't believe this is part of a bigger plan or a terrorist act, but an isolated incident. Still, investigators say they can't rule anything out.

"Right now we are trying to determine how did the package get there and who was the intended target," said Assistant Police Chief,Joseph Chacon. "We do feel like this was targeted at somebody."

Police say they do not currently have enough information to investigate House's death as a homicide. Right now his death is considered suspicious.

The FBI and ATF are assisting in the investigation by working to determine what exploded and how it got there.

Neighbors tell CBS Austin that they are on edge while they wait for more information from police.

"It's so tragic,"said Daniel Sledge. "Everybody in the neighborhood is on pins and needles. Even seeing delivery drivers and Amazon boxes on the porch right now. Especially while we don't know very much."

Austin Police advise the public to call police if you get a package you're not expecting and your gut is telling you something is wrong. However, investigators do not believe someone is leaving exploding packages or bombs on random front porches.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to call 512-477-3588.

"(APD is asking) anybody that knew Mr. House, that knows someone who might have a problem with him or might want to see harm come to him or his family, that they call either the homicide unit or they can report anonymously through Crime Stoppers," said Asst. Chief Chacon.

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