Authorities in Williamsburg make arrest in bomb investigation

Posted at 9:11 PM, Oct 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 21:12:52-04

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Local and federal authorities have arrested a man in the investigation into the detonation of an explosive device Thursday in a parking lot in downtown Williamsburg.

Stephen Powers was arrested by Williamsburg Police Friday as a suspect in a bomb investigation.

Officers arrested 30-year-old Stephen Powers of Gloucester, Virginia at his home by the Williamsburg Police Department Friday.

Officials are charging him with possession of using an explosive device and committing an act of terrorism.

Police say that investigators and law enforcement worked into the early hours of Friday morning and throughout the day gathering information into who was responsible for putting an explosive device at the intersection of South Boundary St. and Francis St.

“I would personally like to thank all the local, state and federal law enforcement partners who worked around the clock to quickly apprehend a potentially dangerous member of the community,” says Williamsburg Police Chief Sean Dunn.

If anyone has any information on Powers or his activities, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or Williamsburg Police Department at 757-220-2331.

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