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Roommate of Austin bomber still a 'person of interest' according to congressman


AUSTIN, Texas — A roommate of Mark Anthony Conditt, the now-dead suspect behind the serial bombings that terrorized Austin this month, is being looked at as a "person of interest" according to Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.

McCaul, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, says that one of Conditt's two roommates--an unidentified man in his 20s--is still being questioned by police.

According to McCaul, that roommate may have knowledge about the bomb making since the bombs were made inside the home. The congressman says if that roommate knew about the attacks, he had a duty to report that to law enforcement.

After Conditt killed himself by detonating one of his bombs early last Wednesday morning as police were closing in on him, police detained both of Conditt's roommates for questioning.

Both men were later released.

Jennifer Withers told The Associated Press that her 26-year-old son, Collin Thomas, who is black, was walking home from work the day Conditt died when a group of officers "flew at him." She said he was questioned about the bombings but none of his family was notified where he was.

In a 25-minute video police are calling a confession, Conditt offers no clues as to a motive behind the attacks - but the video isn't without a few details.

In addition to describing the six bombs that that he constructed--five that exploded and one that didn't--with a level of specificity that identified the differences among those bombs, Conditt's confession also shed some light on his state of mind during the attacks.

"I wish I were sorry, but I am not," Conditt says on the recording.

He also describes himself as a "psychopath" who has been disturbed since childhood.

In the most chilling detail released from the recording, Conditt says that if he thought authorities were closing in on him, he would walk inside a crowded McDonald's and blow himself up.

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