More charges in Stafford against arson suspect

by | Aug 3, 2022 | Police and Fire

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office says a 19-year-old Chesapeake man charged with arson will be receiving additional charges.
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. Quickly after that vehicle fire, another vehicle was found fully involved in fire. Both the Stafford County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office began working the investigation.
On Sunday, July 17th, both Fire Marshal’s and Deputies were investigating a stolen vehicle within Grafton Village. Sergeant B.U. Demirci and his K-9 partner Titan tracked the suspect, Michael Bowling, down and were able to detain him after a brief standoff. The Stafford County Fire Marshal’s Office charged Bowling with two counts of arson involving vehicles and the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office charged Bowling with grand larceny and destroying a vehicle.
Since being arrested on the 17th, Detectives D.V. Torrice and A.S. Sanchez were able to link Bowling to an additional six criminal incidents in the Grafton Village area. Four larcenies from a vehicle and two motor vehicle thefts have been resolved. Bank cards, drivers’ licenses, house keys and even a fourteen-karat diamond ring have been recovered and returned to the rightful owners. Bowling will be charged, additionally, with three counts of felony grand larceny, as well as, nine counts of misdemeanor tampering with vehicles. He is still being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.

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