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Stafford Alert

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Charges from Vehicle Fires
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By PIO Ryan Wilbur
July 18, 2022

Stafford, VA--At approximately 1:35 A.M. on Saturday, July 16th, units with Stafford County Fire
and Rescue were dispatched for a reported vehicle fire in the 100 block of Hamlin Drive in the
Grafton Village area. Units found a fully involved vehicle fire and quickly brought it under control.
While returning from that call, units discovered an additional vehicle fully involved in fire a few
blocks away in the 600 block of Culpeper Street. The Stafford County Fire Marshal's Office arrived
on scene and began investigating the vehicle fires and quickly launched a joint investigation with the
Stafford County Sheriff's Office.

On Sunday, July 17th, just after 1 A.M. the Stafford County Sheriff's Office received a report of a
stolen vehicle in the area of Hamlin Drive and Jett Street, in the Grafton Village area. The vehicle was
located abandoned nearby and the Stafford County Fire Marshal's Office and Stafford County
Sheriff's Deputies began to investigate. Sergeant B. U. Demirci and his K-9 partner Titan tracked the
suspect back to a residence in the 700 block of Jett Street, where Michael Bowling, 19, of
Chesapeake, was arrested after a brief standoff.

The Stafford County Fire Marshal's Office has charged Bowling with two counts of arson involving
vehicles. The Stafford County Sheriff's Office has charged Bowling with grand larceny and
destroying a vehicle. Bowling is being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond. The
investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

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