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John Bowman update: Pinal deputies locate 'armed, dangerous' suspect

Posted at 12:02 PM, Aug 16, 2016

Pinal County Sheriff's deputies have arrested John Bowman after Tuesday's standoff in Magic Ranch and vehicle theft in Copper Basin. 

Pinal County Sheriff's deputies were looking for a suspect near Florence who escaped after barricading himself inside a home for several hours Tuesday.

According to deputies, 49-year-old John Bowman barricaded himself inside a home in the 13000 block of N. Desert Drive in Florence. He had been threatening his girlfriend and said he would not be taken alive by law enforcement. Bowman, a convicted sex offender who was wanted for violating sex offender registry laws, violated a restraining order.

Deputies cleared the home at 9:30 a.m. but did not find Bowman. He was spotted running into a park in the Copper Basin community, about 5 miles north of the home. Deputies say he stole a woman's pickup truck from in front of a home and was last seen driving northbound on Gantzel Road.