A tense standoff in a Florence neighborhood is over. But that’s not good news. After the armed 49 year old kept Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputies at bay for almost ten hours, Deputies entered the Florence home of the armed suspect’s girlfriend and found him gone. So the search is on for John

Bowman, last seen driving a stolen 2008 Chevy pickup truck with Arizona license plate number 3-7-0—Z-Z-Y. It has a skull sticker on the back window.

P-C-S-O says Bowman went to his girlfriend’s house late Monday night, armed and threatening her. She managed to flee with her 11 and 12 year old children. During the standoff, he’d been vowing to kill deputies before this standoff was over. Bowman is a registered sex offender wanted for previous violations of sex registry offender laws. He’s also accused of violating a restraining order, threatening and harassing others.

Bowman is considered armed and dangerous. Call 9-1-1 if you’ve seen him.

–Barbara Villa