ATF, FBI agents from Denver in Austin for serial bomber investigation

Posted at 5:56 PM, Mar 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-20 19:56:55-04

DENVER – Federal agents with the ATF and the FBI from Denver are in Austin, Texas assisting with the massive law enforcement investigation into a serial bomber thought to have sent five packages this month.

Spokespeople in Denver from both agencies told Denver7 Investigates that agents traveled to Texas, but they declined to give specifics about what agents from Colorado offices are doing.

It is not uncommon for agents in other cities to jump in and help relieve investigators who are working around the clock in big investigations such as this one.

The law enforcement effort to find the person responsible for five package explosions includes federal, Texas state and local police agencies.

Officials say latest package bomb that exploded early Tuesday apparently went out from a FedEx store in the Austin enclave of Sunset Valley and was addressed to an Austin home. It blew up on a conveyer belt at the FedEx ground center in Schertz, Texas which is outside of San Antonio and about 60 miles southwest of Austin, the Associated Press reported.

Austin police said Tuesday another suspicious package was discovered at a second FedEx center near Austin's main airport, according to AP.

Four other package bombs have detonated in Austin this month, killing two people and injuring four others.

Austin police say they've responded to more than 1,200 calls in the last two weeks from people worried that suspicious packages could be bombs, the AP reported.