Police: Sexual assault suspect had explosive device in Colorado Springs home

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police investigating a report of a sexual assault found the suspect had an explosive device in his home in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs police officers responded to Memorial Hospital Central to investigate a reported sexual assault on July 6.

The woman reportedly had been sexually assaulted by a man at his home earlier in the day.

The man was identified as 34-year-old Matthew Lopez of Colorado Springs.

Matthew Lopez (Photo: Colorado Springs Police Department)

The next day, detectives executed a search warrant at Lopez’s home and recovered a homemade improvised explosive device.

Lopez was arrested for felony charges, including sexual assault, menacing and possession of an explosive or incendiary device.

Detectives linked Lopez’s vehicle, a white, full-size Chevrolet van with distinctive red and blue striping on the sides, to the investigation.

(Photo: Colorado Springs Police Department)

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 719-444-7000 or Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 719-634-7867.

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