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Middlesboro man arrested with a loaded gun for stalking MPD Officer

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A Middlesboro man is behind bars after he allegedly followed a police officer to his residence with loaded weapons in the car.

44 year old Michael Bowen was arrested by officer Nick Capps of the Middlesboro Police Department Thursday morning November 14, 2019 and charged with first-degree stalking, first-degree possession of a controlled (methamphetamine), tampering with physical evidence, second-degree disorderly conduct, operating a motor vehicle under the influence and harassment (no physical contact).

According to the arrest citation, Officer Capps received a complaint from Middlesboro Police Sgt. Clay Hurd, who was off duty at the time, of a vehicle that had followed him down Airport Road turning off of KY 74. Hurd said that while on Airport Road, a white Kia with a red LED light above the tag blew by him.

The citation states once Hurd turned right off of Airport Road onto KY 441 toward his residence in Ambleside, the Kia then pulled out of Dunlap Church and followed Hurd to his residence — which is also a dead-end street.

Capps stated in his report that once the Kia reached the stop sign, he placed the vehicle in park. Hurd went to pull out and the Kia “took off.” When Capps found the vehicle the driver, identified as Bowen, was nervous and had a loaded AR-15 and a .45-caliber handgun in the front seat. There was also an extra magazine fully loaded in the seat.

The report also states Bowen tried to toss baggies of suspected meth in the bed of a parked truck. According to Capps, Bowen became belligerent after being placed in handcuffs.

Bowen is being held at the Bell County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash bond.

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