Law enforcement officials put on protective gear as they investigate at the location where the suspected package bomber was killed in suburban Austin on March 21, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas. The 24-year-old suspect blew himself up inside his car as police

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Congressman: Roommate Of Austin Bombing Suspect Remains "Person Of Interest"

March 26, 2018 - 5:34 pm
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AUSTIN (KRLD) - One of the roommates of Austin bombing suspect Mark Conditt is still being investigated by authorities to determine if he knew his roommate was responsible for a string of explosions. 

Austin police said last week they had questioned and released the two men who lived with Conditt, who blew himself up as officers closed in on his vehicle. 

Austin-area Congressman Michael McCaul tells KRLD that one of the roommates is being called a "person of interest" and authorities are still questioning him.

"I think person of interest is the right term of art," said Congressman Michael McCaul. "They're continuing to question him with respect to whether he had any knowledge of the bomb-making activities that took place in the home. Obviously, if he did, he had a duty to report that to authorities. If he didn't, that's a problem for him."

Officials with the ATF and Pflugerville police said explosive experts safely removed and exposed of incomplete devices inside the home where the three men lived.

An official with the ATF wouldn't characterize the room where the explosives were found as a bomb-making factory but said that there was a considerable amount of materials found. 

The neighborhood that Conditt's home resides in was evacuated for several hours Wednesday so that experts could determine that the area was safe. 

Conditt, 23, left a lengthy recorded confession on his cell phone, which was discovered last Wednesday after he died. He is suspected of assembling and planting package bombs on the doorsteps of homes beginning March 2nd.

Some groups have pushed for that recording to be released to the public. Authorities so far have withheld it while the investigation continues.  

"I think the proper course is to complete the investigation," said Congressman McCaul. "Once that's concluded, then I think it would be appropriate for the public to hear this. I think the confession tape would be enlightening and I think the Austin community deserves to hear it."

Two people were killed while others were injured in the blasts.