The man wanted in Tuesday’s tense standoff in Florence has been found and arrested. Pinal County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Henry says 49 year old John Bowman was found wandering around in a Scottsdale neighborhood Thursday morning. Henry says, several neighbors called 9-1-1 about a
suspicious man, knowing he did not belong in the area. After vowing he’d never be taken alive, Henry says, Bowman surrendered to Scottsdale police. Henry says the once tough talking, combative suspect was subdued after two days of life on the run, with no food, water and exposed to the Arizona summer sun.
Henry says the 2008 Chevy pickup truck Bowman stole from a house has still not been found. But Bowman also apparently had no weapon on him when police took him into custody.
He faces a slew of charges, including aggravated assault and vehicle theft. It all began late Monday night when Bowman, a registered sex offender, went to his girlfriend’s home and threatened her with a gun. The victim texted her son for help, who in turn alerted authorities, triggering a welfare check at the home. Deputies managed to pull her and her 11 and 12 year old children from the house, beginning a 9 hour standoff. Tuesday morning, deputies entered to find Bowman snuck out and ran on foot, snatching a truck,and continuing life on the run until Thursday’s arrest.