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APD's "Most Wanted" woman arrested: Teen accused of setting off homemade bomb

APD's "Most Wanted" woman, Kimberly Ward, was arrested after more than two years on the run for allegedly shooting her ex-boyfriend, police said.
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After more than two years, the only woman to be on the Atlanta Police Department’s “Top 10 Most Wanted List” is behind bars.

Kimberly Laverne Ward was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and kidnapping in the shooting of her ex-boyfriend, according to police.

Investigators said Ward attempted to kill her ex-boyfriend on March 19, 2012 at 84 Holly St. in northwest Atlanta. The victim was shot one time in the chest and was placed on a breathing tube to survive, police spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy said.

Lt Terry Joyner, commander of APD’s fugitive unit, said officers and the FBI tracked Ward using technology and social media. They found her in Claxton where she was working at a poultry plant, shoveling manure, officials said. She was living in nearby Savannah, Espy said.

“We thought we had exhausted all leads until a few months ago,” said Joyner. “She was smart enough to stay away for two years.”

Now investigators are searching for anyone who may have helped her hide from authorities for two and half years, according to a media report.

Teen Arrested for Allegedly Setting off Homemade Bomb

A 16-year-old boy was arrested late Wednesday night after he allegedly set off an homemade explosive at his Clayton County home.

The teen, whose name has not been released, was charged with possession or manufacturing of a destructive device, reckless conduct and explosive materials, according to Clayton County police. Around 11 p.m., officers responded to a bomb threat at 800 block of Cedar Bend Court in the city of Riverdale, police spokesman Officer Ron Coloma said. It's unclear who reported the bomb threat.

When officers arrived they learned the teen who lives at the home allegedly detonated the homemade explosive device before they arrived, Coloma said. No one was injured, but as a precaution officers evacuated the homes of nearby residents and brought in bomb sniffing dogs.

The teen was arrested, but later released to his parents, Coloma said.

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