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Laurence Alan Stewart II, Va. Pipe Bomb Suspect, Caught in Montana; Police say he threw bombs at them

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Video: Police: Pipe Bomb Suspect ID'd, Sought

  • Photo by KRTV in Great Falls, Mont.
  • Laurence Alan Stewart II, 25
    

STAFFORD, Va. (WUSA) - A pipe bomb suspect has been apprehended outside of Great Falls, Montana, after he bombed several sites in Virginia, police said. 

MORE: Virginia Blue Alert For Laurence Alan Stewart II

Laurence Alan Stewart II, 25, was on the run and considered armed and extremely dangerous, Stafford County Police said. 

"Preliminary information received from Montana is that a pursuit ensued which resulted in a number of pipe bombs being thrown at pursuing law enforcement officers. Stewart's vehicle was disabled by law enforcement officers. Stewart left his car and ran on foot, armed with a handgun. He was taken into custody," police said. 

9News's Peggy Fox reports that the Montana Highway Patrol pulled Stewart over for speeding, according to the ATF.

The charges he faces in Stafford County are 1 Count of Attempted Capital Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer, 1 Count of Attempted Capital Murder During the Commission of an Act of Terror, 2 Counts of Manufacture or Possession of a Weapon of Terror and 2 Counts of Burn or Destroy by Use of Explosives at a Dwelling.

The City of Fredericksburg is also charging Stewart with 1 Count of Attempted Capital Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer, 1 Count of Missile into a Occupied Dwelling and 1 Count Arson of an Occupied Dwelling.

Stewart was traveling in a red 4-door Hyundai Accent with either Va. tag WXA-8249 or Pa. tag HLM-1923. Authorities believed he had bombs in the car.

The Stafford County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Fredericksburg Police Department, the Virginia State Police, the Stafford County Fire Marshal's Office and the Fredericksburg Fire Marshal's Office asked the public's help in locating Stewart.

On Tuesday, Virginia authorities investigated explosions at three homes in Stafford County and the city of Fredericksburg caused by homemade bombs.

The Stafford County Sheriff's Office says it responded to two incidents early Tuesday morning. Fredericksburg police responded to a separate incident on Tuesday morning.

Officials say that in all three cases, the homes were believed to be damaged by an explosion from the homemade devices. None of the occupants in any of the homes were injured.

No explanation has been given as to why the homes are targeted. However, neighbors and published reports say at least two of the homes are or were the dwellings of Stafford County Sheriff's deputies.

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