The Latest: Official calls stopping Austin bomber rewarding

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The Latest: Official calls stopping Austin bomber rewarding
A robot is prepared for use at the scene of Walnut and 2nd Street in Pflugerville, Texas, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 where Austin, Texas bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt lived. As a SWAT team closed in, the suspected bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for three weeks used one of his own devices to blow himself up early Wednesday. (Tom Reel/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of Austin’s serial bomber (all times local):

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The supervisor of the fugitive task force that helped apprehend the suspected Austin bomber says it’s the most rewarding case in his 23-year career.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Darren Sartin, who heads the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, said Friday that his team found Mark Anthony Conditt’s vehicle in the parking lot of a hotel outside Austin around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

He says that before Austin Police Department SWAT officers arrived, he saw someone inside the vehicle and it took off as officers pursued.

Sartin says the SWAT team caught up about a mile away. Police say Conditt detonated a bomb and died.

Sartin says his task force arrests hundreds of the region’s worst criminals every year, but “this guy was way beyond them.”