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Suspect arrested in Stafford and Fredericksburg bombings

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A suspect is under arrest in a series of bombings that targeted two law enforcement officers and an ex-girlfriend in Fredericksburg and Stafford County.

Laurence Stewart II, 25, was arrested in Montana, according to the Stafford County Sheriffs Office. He was taken into custody after a pursuit during which he threw a number of pipe bombs at pursuing law enforcement officers, the sheriffs department reported. He then left the car and ran off with a handgun.

Stewart is accused of launching home-made pipe bombs into three Virginia homes early Tuesday. Virginia State Police issued the Commonwealth's first ever Blue Alert Wednesday night, which alerts residents of a suspect who killed or seriously injured an officer.

No one was injured in the bombings, but the homes were damaged. Investigators say shrapnel ricocheted into one empty bedroom.

Stewart faces three counts of attempted murder, including two counts of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement offer and a slew of other charges including arson.

Authorities raided a trailer home in Stafford County, where neighbors say Stewart's father lives. Residents say investigators used a battering ram to bust through a trailer window. Investigators say they feared the front door might have been booby-trapped with another homemade bomb.

Authorities say Stewart may be retaliating after getting charged for indecent exposure over the summer. He's also wanted for breaking a restraining order against the ex-girlfriend who was the bombing victim. There was also a domestic violence charge involving her.

Investigators say Stewart grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Temple University. They say he was later a law student in North Carolina. Authorities say Stewart's ex-girlfriend lives in Stafford County, along with some of Stewart's own family.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Stafford County Sheriff's Office at 540-658-4400, Crime Solvers (anonymous) at 540-659-2020, or by texting STAFFORD and your tip to CRIMES (274637).

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