The Fresno County Sheriff's Office today announced the arrest of a Fresno man wanted in connection with a serial pipe bombing investigation. Arrested was 27-year-old Cody Frederick Bewarder.
On June 28th, the Sheriff's Office investigated the bombing of a mailbox at a residence located in the 500 block of West San Jose Avenue.
During the investigation, detectives learned that the device used in the explosion was a pipe bomb. Detectives also learned that two reported similar incidents had occurred in the previous three months, one in the City of Fresno and the other in the county.
Detectives inspected evidence from all three incidents and discovered extremely unique characteristics of some of the bomb making materials. Checking further, they were able to determine that the materials were available at only one local hardware store. This information allowed investigators to identify Bewarder as a possible suspect.
Last night, shortly after 10 p.m., deputies responded to a suspicious activity call at a residence located in the 1500 Block of East Pico Avenue. The caller reported hearing an explosion and discovered his mailbox had been blown up.
Detectives working the investigation also responded and developed information that Bewarder was involved in the bombing.
A little more than an hour after the incident, Bewarder was arrested during a traffic stop a short distance from the Pico location.
Earlier this morning, detectives served a search warrant at Bewarder's residence located at 2018 E. Austin Way in the City of Fresno. During the service of the search warrant, detectives seized bomb making materials, and a semi-automatic handgun.
Residents in the area of the East Austin Way location reported hearing several explosions in the neighborhood over the past several months.
As a result of the investigation, Bewarder was booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of possessing an explosive device in a public place, use of an explosive device, possession of bomb making materials, and being armed in the commission of a felony.
Bewarder may be responsible for several more similar type incidents. The investigation is ongoing.