Detectives arrest possible serial pipe bomber in Fresno

Suspect possibly connected to 3 other explosions

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office announced on Thursday the arrest of a Fresno man wanted in connection with a serial pipe bombing investigation.

Cody Frederick Bewarder, 28, was booked into the Fresno County jail Wednesday night. 

According to detectives, they received a call from a resident on the 1500 block of East Pico Ave, just after 10 p.m.

Detectives said the man had heard an explosion and noticed his mailbox had been blown up. 

Shortly after, detectives developed information that Bewarder was involved in the bombing. He was arrested a short distance from the explosion during a traffic stop. 

During the investigation, detectives found out that the device used in the explosion was a pipe bomb. According to detectives, similar explosions have occurred in the last three months around the Fresno area. 

Dectives said they identified Bewarder as a possible suspect, after inspecting evidence from all three incidents. The three explosives hadsome of the same bomb making materials, which were only available at one local hardware store. 

Detectives said they searched Bewarder’s home, at 2018 E Austin Way, and found bomb making materials, and a semi-automatic handgun.

Bewarder could face charges on 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.

Detective said they believe Bewarder may be responsible for several more similar type of incidents. 

They continue to investigate the situation. 

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