(LAFAYETTE, Colo.) — The ex-husband of a Colorado woman severely injured on Saturday when a package exploded inside a car she was riding in has officially been named a person of interest in the crime, Lafayette Police Commander Gene McCausey told ABC News.
Police and agents from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed a search warrant Saturday night at the Denver home of Michael Anthony Brittain, carting away several bags of evidence. Brittain has not been arrested.
The search took place just hours after Brittain’s ex-wife Allyson Stone and her current husband Christopher were injured after the explosive detonated in the couple’s Volvo station wagon.
Police say the couple had just left their Lafayette, Colo., home on Saturday when they spotted a package in the driveway next to their car. It was a brown paper bag with their names written on it, according to police. Allyson picked it up and was in the passenger seat opening the bag when it blew up.
Investigators say Allyson sustained serious burn injuries. A member of Allyson’s family told ABC News that doctors don’t know the full extent of her injuries, but she is expected to survive. She is conscious and in a lot of pain. Her husband Christopher, who sustained minor injuries, is at her side in the hospital.
Colorado court records obtained by ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV reveal ongoing tension between Allyson and her former husband. In 2003, Brittain was arrested on domestic violence, harassment and child abuse charges. Three days later, Allyson filed for divorce.
Three of the charges against Brittian were later dismissed and he was found not guilty on the remaining assault charge, documents show.
In February 2011, the judge in the divorce case ruled that Allyson owed her ex-husband $121,520.
“He’s so nice,” one of Brittian’s neighbors told ABC News on Sunday. “You would never assume him out of all people.”
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