Man Detonates Explosives at Father-in-Law's Home: PD

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    A man is facing arson charges after police say he set off explosive devices outside his father-in-law's home in Rockville. (Published Monday, Jul 14, 2014)

    Police say a man suspected of detonating explosives at his father-in-law's home in a domestic dispute has been arrested in northern Virginia.

    Montgomery County Police say 36-year-old Marc Cassell was banging on the front door of the home on Marcliff Road in Bethesda around 2 a.m. Sunday. Police said Cassell thought his wife was inside the home at the time.

    His father-in-law saw sparks and smoke coming into his home. Then, according to police, a second explosive device detonated near the garage and caused significant damage.

    No one was injured.

    Police say Cassell and his wife are involved in an ongoing divorce and custody dispute. His wife is listed as an adjunct professor at American University. Last April, Cassell charged his wife with second degree assault. She was acquitted.

    Police in Fairfax County, Virginia arrested Cassell later Sunday and were holding him pending extradition. The family has not responded to requests for comment.