Williamson County neighborhood evacuated after IEDs reportedly found inside resident’s home

Williamson County

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Residents of a neighborhood outside Round Rock were evacuated Tuesday morning after one man was arrested, which deputies said led to the discovery of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) inside his home.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office reports John Christopher Crawson, 47, was arrested, and then detectives discovered the explosives in his home located in the 2500 block of Santa Barbara Loop.

(KXAN/Ed Zavala)

Neighbors in the immediate area have been notified, WCSO said. Any residents who were not contacted did not need to evacuate. Agents will be at the scene until the devices are safely removed, WCSO reports. The public should avoid the area.

A lieutenant told KXAN that residents should be allowed to return to their homes by about 3 p.m.

Crawson received a third-degree felony charge of making a terroristic threat against a family member. No attorney was listed for him online.

Deputies secured a warrant for his arrest after what they said was a “lengthy investigation.” After serving the warrant, they said they then found the explosives inside the house. They would not share Tuesday what kinds of devices they are or how many.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the sheriff’s office reported that members of the bomb squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) remain at Crawson’s home investigating.

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