Tripwire Bomb That Hurt Cyclists Connected to Austin Package Explosions

Police Plea to Austin Bomber: 'We Want to Listen to You'

Police Plea to Austin Bomber: 'We Want to Listen to You'

The hunt for the serial bomber who has been leaving deadly explosives in packages on Austin doorsteps took a new, more sinister turn Monday when investigators said the fourth and latest blast was triggered along a street by a almost invisible tripwire.

Austin police officers have completed a sweep of the neighborhood where the latest in a string of bombings occurred and deemed it safe, but they are asking residents to remain indoors for several more hours.

That is to say, the newest explosive device contains similarities to the other three bombs, but there are some important differences that suggest a more advanced approach. Although investigators wouldn't immediately confirm what caused the blast, Austin's police chief, Brian Manley, said "a device" was responsible and again warned the public not to touch any unexpected packages left at their homes.

Manley said the victims, ages 22 and 23, were in stable condition at a hospital with "significant injuries".

"With the trip wire, this changes things", FBI Special Agent Christopher Combs said at the press conference.

According to APD Interim Chief Manley, the Austin Police Department has received 435 leads, conducted 236 interviews and has 500 agents working on these investigations.

"We said from the beginning, we're not willing to rule anything out".

The victims in those three explosions were African-American or Hispanic. Police have not yet discovered a motive, but have not ruled out the possibility the bombs could be hate crimes.

Police also said they were increasing the reward offered for information leading to an arrest, bringing the total city and state bounty money to $115,000. The concert promoter canceled the event, which featured the band The Roots, due to "an overabundance of caution", Manley said.

"If you have video surveillance on your house, we want to get your video footage so that we can have that analyzed and identify any potential suspicious persons, vehicles, or anything that may be interest to this investigation", he added.

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Authorities have seemed at a loss to explain who could be setting off the devices or why, saying only that the bombs were sophisticated and that the attacks could have been motivated by racial bias, although they acknowledged that this is only a theory.

"It was so dark they couldn't tell and they tripped", Grote said.

"That shows that the person who's doing this, they know what they are doing and they've probably practiced a lot", Ben West, a security analyst with the geopolitical intelligence platform Stratfor, told CNN affiliate KXAN. At this point, information is preliminary, he said early Monday morning, and police have yet to fully process the scene.

Stan Malachowski, who lives about half a mile away from the blast Sunday, said he heard a loud explosion.

Police plan to fully investigate the explosion as daylight hits Austin on Monday morning.

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That was a departure from the three earlier bombings, which involved parcels left on doorsteps that detonated when moved or opened. "So we've definitely seen a change in the method that this suspect ... is using".

Law enforcement members from all over have taken notice, Manley added.

"That anxiousness is going to continue until we can find the answer", Mr Adler said.

He then said he wanted to tap into the psyche of the bomber or bombers.

The victims of the earlier bombings include Draylen Mason, 17, an orchestral musician and notable essay victor, and Anthony Stephan House, a 39-year-old father.

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