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Man Sets off Small Explosive Devices outside In-Law's House

Updated: Sunday, July 13 2014, 09:49 PM EDT

According to the Montgomery County Police Department, 36-year-old Marc Cassell has been arrested for setting off two small explosive devices outside the home of his estranged wife's father Sunday.

Officers were called Sunday at 2 a.m. for a domestic disturbance in the 11400 block of Marcliff Road in Bethesda. Emergency Services were initially called for someone trying to break into the home.

The victim told police he had woken up after hearing several loud "bangs" near the front of the home. Upon investigation, the victim saw sparks and smoke outside the front door and entering the house. The victim also recognized the suspect as his son-in-law, Cassell, who was trying to forcibly enter the house.

According to the victim, Cassell and his daughter are currently estranged and involved "in an ongoing divorce and custody dispute."

Cassell then fled the scene. When officers arrived, they located the detonated device at the front door and a second device placed near a garage that had also detonated. The explosions caused "significant damage to the structure."

Officers learned that Cassell had fled to Fairfax County, Virginia and upon notifying officials there, Cassell was placed under arrest and is still being held awaiting extradition.

The Montgomery County Fire Marshall's office, Special Victims Investigations Division detectives and Fairfax County Police officers are still investigating the incident.

Man Sets off Small Explosive Devices outside In-Law's House


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