Contact: Captain James M. Manni, District "A" Commander, Telephone: (401) 444-1010 (office) or (401) 465-2089 (cell)
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, announces that on June 5, 2013, at 12:50 a.m., the Lincoln Woods Barracks received a telephone call from the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section advising they had received information that a Level III Sex Offender was known to be in the area of a hotel in Providence. The Massachusetts State Police requested the assistance of the Rhode Island State Police in attempting to apprehend the fugitive. The fugitive was identified as, James M. Bowen, age 49, of 74 Blueberry Lane, Taunton, Massachusetts. Bowen was wanted by the Massachusetts State Police for Sexual Assault.
Rhode Island State Troopers, along with Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, arrived at the Providence Marriott Hotel and located Bowen's vehicle. Troopers responded to Bowen's hotel room at which time he refused to exit the room and surrender. Bowen barricaded himself inside the room utilizing the deadbolt and threatened to shoot himself if police attempted to make entry. He also claimed that there was a female located inside the room. Troopers negotiated with Bowen for several hours, which led to his surrender.
Bowen exited the room without incident and was taken into custody. The hotel room was searched at which time no weapons or any other people were located within the room. Bowen was held overnight at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and was arraigned at Sixth Division District Court in Providence on a charge of Obstructing a Police Officer and as a Fugitive from Justice. Bowen pled Nolo Contendre to the Obstructing a Police Officer charge and received a one-year filing by Judge Joseph A. Montalbano. Bowen waived extradition is being held at the Adult Correctional Institution pending rendition to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.