Horace Thompson accused in Lorton Sub Shop explosion

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Authorities have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with the detonation of an incendiary device at a Lorton sub shop last week.

A worker suffered severe burns after the incident on Feb. 6. Photo: Brian Hopkins

D.C. police arrested Horace Thompson on a fugitive from justice warrant after he was released from the Washington Burn Unit Thursday.

After his extradition hearing in the District, Thompson will be moved to Fairfax County, where he will be served with warrants for arson of an occupied building and aggravated malicious wounding.

On Feb. 6, an incendiary device was thrown into the Lorton Sub Shop, located at 9504 Richmond Highway.

The victim, Lawrence Reese, sustained burn injuries and was taken to a burn unit for treatment.

Faisal Mohammed lives a block away from the shop and calls Reese a kind, positive presence in the neighborhood.

"...shocked someone could commit something like this. I'm very happy he got caught and busted," Mohammed said.

Reese, who was unloading supplies at the time, suffered third and fourth degree burns all over his body.

One man was spotted running from the scene - part of his body was on fire. It's possible, although not definite, that man was Thompson.

Jeff Warmuth describes Reese as a "very happy, go lucky guy." He's met Reese at the shop on several  occasions. He hopes to see Reese back there again one day soon.

"I pray for him that he recovers quickly," Warmuth added.

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