POSTED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 12:50pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 9:22am
Officials continue to assist community in recovery effort
Austin, TX (DPS) —
UPDATE: A West man was arrested in the early morning hours of Friday and is being held in the McLennan County Jail. Federal Marshals arrested him for possessing a destructive device.
Bryce Ashley Reed, 31, is being held without bond on the charge of possession of a destructive device.
Reed is making an initial appearance before Federal Magistrate Jeffrey C. Manske at 10:15 a.m. on Friday.
Officials have said there so far is no indication that Reed was connected to the deadly blast.
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today directed the Texas Rangers to join McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara in launching a criminal investigation into the fertilizer plant explosion that occurred in West, Texas, on April 17th.
“This disaster has severely impacted the community of West, and we want to ensure that no stone goes unturned and that all the facts related to this incident are uncovered,” said Director McCraw.
“The citizens of McLennan County and Texas must have confidence that this incident has been looked at from every angle and professionally handled – they deserve nothing less,” said Sheriff McNamara.
No further information regarding this ongoing investigation will be released at this time.
Three weeks after the disaster in West, DPS Division of Emergency Management officials also continue to work with local, state and federal partners to assess the damages and facilitate recovery assistance to the victims in the community.