On March 2, 2018, an Austin man lost his life after he opened a package that exploded inside his home. Recently, police were able to identify the deceased as Anthony Stephan House. Below are some facts about the victim.
On March 2, 2018, at around 6:55 a.m. Austin police responded to a call about an explosion that took place at 1112 Haverford Drive. EMS and Austin Fire immediately started treating the victim, Anthony Stephan House, who was severely injured.
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House was taken to Round Rock Hospital where he passed away from his injuries at 7:48 a.m.
Investigators, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, were at the scene and spoke to several witnesses. Detectives asked anyone who may have information about the case to come forward and call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588, or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.
House’s death was initially being investigated as an isolated incident. But on Monday (March 12), authorities began looking into it as a suspicious death as two similar occurrences occurred. At this time, House’s death is deemed a homicide.
Assistant Chief Joseph Chacon with the Austin Police Department said, “When we arrived, we saw that there had been an explosion of some type. What we have determined in the following days is that this appeared to be a package.”
Authorities know for sure that the device was kept inside a package. Currently they are working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to remake the device and find out who may have constructed it.
They are also trying to discover how the package got to the residences, and who the targets were.
Chacon added, “Anytime we have a bomb go off like that and somebody dies, the first thing people think is terrorism. While we cannot completely rule it out at this point, we do not believe that terrorism is a motive in this death.”
Anthony Stephan House’s Wiki
Anthony Stephan House was born on June 15, 1978. He was 39 at the time of his death, and lived in Austin, Texas. His LinkedIn profile states that he obtained his bachelor of business administration from Texas State University-San Marcos in 2008.
In January 2000, he worked as a private equity investment manager at Samac Enterprises. From March 2003 to January 2009, House worked as a hedge fund manager at House Capital Management.
House was a senior project manager at ETBC Contractors Inc. from January 2009 to January 2016, when he got a job as a senior project manager at Texas Quarries, where he was employed at his time of death. His projects included:
- UT Education and Engineering School – Austin
- Sacred Heart University
- Phillip 66 Headquarters – Houston
- Toyota One North American Headquarters- Plano
- UT Robert Rowlin Hall – Austin
Anthony Stephan House’s Funeral
I Love you Brother. You will Rest In Peace I will do all to Ensure it. I may need your help now and again tho..I will take care of Mom and your family, my family.
His close friend, Norrell Waynewood took to Facebook to announce that House’s funeral was on March 10, 2018 at Austin Peel & Son Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m.
Since the first explosion on March 2, two more took place in the Austin, Texas area on March 12. An African-American teenager, whose name has not been released, lost his life, and a 75-year-old Hispanic woman was admitted to the hospital with severe injuries. Though nothing was confirmed, these incidents are being investigated as possible hate crimes.
None of the packages were delivered by services like FedEx, UPS, or the U.S. Postal Service.
Many are now worried about packages left outside their house. Chacon reassured residents that they are not targets, but added that if they believe a package might be suspicious, they should contact police immediately.