Reward for info on Austin package bombings increases to $65K
The Austin Police Departments is adding more money to the reward being offered for information on the recent package bombings that have left two people dead and two others seriously injured.
APD Chief Brian Manley announced Tuesday a $50,000 reward in addition to the $15,000 reward being offered by Governor Greg Abbott's office.
Anyone with information is asked to call 512-472-TIPS (8477), Texas Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477), or text the letters "DPS" -- followed by your tip -- to 274637 (CRIMES).
Chief Manley said 265 calls for suspicious packages had been received by the department since Monday morning. All of those objects were deemed to be safe. Police said everyone should remain vigilant and avoid opening unexpected packages.
Michelle Amriel came home to find a box on her front doorstep early Tuesday afternoon. She didn't recognize the label on the package and immediately thought of the explosions.
“I thought twice about calling the police because I was like what if it’s a false alarm I’m sure they’re very busy right now with taking calls like this, but I have a seven year old son and I called them," Amriel said.
Minutes later the bomb squad showed up to check out the package. This is after police called the number on the package and no one answered. Amriel said the bomb squad took every precaution before opening the package.
“They had all these devices they were using to test the package," Amriel said.
Amriel stayed at the back of her house as they tested the package. Eventually they opened it, and there were just clothes inside. Afterwards, Amriel said she was shaken up, but she's happy she called police.
“They were like this is what we want you to do and this is why we’re here and I felt so supported," Amriel said.
The Safe Alliance in Austin is also taking precautions. It's currently not taking in any donations of boxes. That's because many times unmarked boxes are left outside, and some of their locations are near the explosions.
“There’s just a lot of unknowns right now so we just have everyone on high alert," Safe Alliance security director Patty Carvajal said.