Three explosions from packages in ten days have claimed two lives in Austin, Texas
On March 2, 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House was killed after a device detonated on his front porch
Monday morning a second device detonated killing a 17-year-old teen and injuring an adult woman
Later on Monday a second device detonated critically injuring an elderly woman
Austin Police are urging caution in regards to any suspicious packages
The attacks have not been labeled a hate crime at this time but police have noted that all victims have been African-American
Police in Austin, Texas believes there is a connection between three explosions in the city over the last ten days that have claimed two lives and left an elderly woman in critical condition.
The first explosion occurred on March 2, around 7:00 am and killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House. According to a press release from the Austin Police Department a call was received at approximately 6:55 am regarding an explosion at 1112 Haverford Dr.
House was transported to Round Rock Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:48 am. The full statement from APD can be read below.
On Friday, March 2, 2018 at approximately 6:55 a.m., Austin 911 received a call about an explosion at 1112 Haverford Dr. Austin Fire and EMS arrived on scene and immediately began attending to Anthony Stephan House, who was critically injured. The victim was transported to Round Rock Hospital here he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 7:48 a.m. The death is being investigated as suspicious.
APD homicide investigators partnered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) post-blast team to process the scene and talk with multiple witnesses. Based on information gathered so far, we believe this is an isolated incident and that there is no continuing threat to the community.
Homicide Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
It was reported the explosion came from a “device” on House’s front porch. House’s death was ruled a homicide but later changed to a suspicious death when police were not sure if House constructed the device and detonated it himself.
“When we arrived, we saw that there had been an explosion of some type. What we have determined in the following days is that this appeared to be a package,” Assistant Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon stated at a news conference.
Following two more explosions from packages on Monday, APD believes the explosions are all linked. However, a motive behind the attacks is not known at this time. While the attacks have yet to be labeled a hate crime, due to all current victims being African-American, it is not being ruled out.
On Monday morning, an explosion killed a 17-year-old African-American and also injured a woman at the house. The unidentified teenager found a package on the front porch of the residence. The package was brought inside, where it was opened which appears to have caused the explosion that killed the teenage boy and injured an adult female. Both victims were said to be in the kitchen when the package exploded. The woman’s injuries were not said to be life-threatening.
Later on Monday, an unidentified elderly African-American woman was critically injured from a package that is believed to have caused an explosion. In all three attacks, the victims received a package on their front porch that was not delivered by the United States Postal Service, or delivery services such as FedEx or UPS.
APD is now urging residents to be wary of any suspicious packages. If a package is found on your front porch that you do not remember ordering do not touch it and notify authorities.