AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department has arrested a suspect linked to a parking garage explosion at St. David’s Medical Center Wednesday evening.
Police announced Thursday afternoon Raymond Luke Garner, 38, had been arrested and taken into custody. Garner is charged with a third-degree felony of components of explosives, officials said in a social media post. APD officials added the incident remains under investigation in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The FBI, APD and Cedar Park Police were searching an address in Cedar Park Thursday that matched that of the suspect, according to public records.
During a news briefing Wednesday evening, APD said the call came in at 5:23 p.m. at St. David’s Medical Center.
On Thursday, officials with St. David’s Medical Center on East 32nd Street confirmed the facility had resumed normal operations following a vehicle explosion in a parking garage Wednesday night.
St. David’s Medical Center’s CEO Todd Steward said in a statement the hospital was no longer on diversion status and that typical visiting hours had resumed.
On Friday, a spokesperson with the FBI provided a statement saying, “We are currently working with Austin Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine the nature and scope of this matter.”
Furthermore, to preserve the integrity and capabilities of the investigation, the FBI said it cannot share details of the ongoing process.
All parking garages — including the one related to the incident — have since reopened, Steward added in his statement. Those with vehicles in parking garage 1 are welcomed to retrieve them at any time, with parking fees for the garage waived through close of business Thursday. All other parking garage fees still apply, he said.
“The safety of our patients, families and employees is our number one priority, and we are grateful for the swift efforts of our first responders,” Steward said.
Furthermore, APD said agencies are investigating whether the explosion was an accident or something intentional. Police said Wednesday they could not disclose why the person was at the hospital, but said they did have a valid reason to be there.
The call originally came in as a hotshot call, which is defined by APD as “incidents which are in progress and are an immediate threat to life and/or public safety.”
Police said there were no injuries reported, and they haven’t found damage to the hospital.