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A manhunt is underway in Stafford County, Va. for a suspect involved in explosions from homemade bombs at three homes.

The Stafford County Sheriff's Department and the City of Fredericksburg police are looking for 25-year-old Laurence Alan Stewart II, suspected of exploding homemade bombs in the homes of a sheriff's deputy and a detective, as well as an ex-girlfriend.

"Mr. Stewart has been charged in Stafford County with one count attempted capital murder on a law enforcement officer, one count of attempted capital murder during an act of terror, two counts of manufacture or possession of a weapon of terror, and two counts of burn or destroy by use of explosives at a dwelling," says Bill Kennedy, spokesmen for the sheriff's department.

But chasing down the suspect has been problematic. On Tuesday, the law enforcement agencies used an armored personnel vehicle to gain access to a trailer where they thought he was holed up. Kennedy says they were concerned about possible explosive devices in the trailer.

"This is a very dangerous individual," says Kennedy. "He's tried to murder two law enforcement officers and a third adult, so he is not to be taken lightly."

The two officers targeted had investigated charges already pending against Stewart, including indecent exposure and violation of a protective order.

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