Accused rapist who fled house arrest found by Laurel County sheriff's department

jwarren@herald-leader.comMarch 14, 2014 

James Bowling

A man who cut off his ankle monitor and fled house arrest to avoid a court appearance on multiple rape and other charges was back in jail Friday after he was arrested, according to the Laurel County sheriff's department.

James Bowling, 45, of the Lily community in Laurel County was caught early Thursday morning in Leslie County, according to the sheriff's department. Bowling was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.

Deputy Jason Back developed information on Bowling's whereabouts after the suspect cut off his ankle bracelet and fled Laurel County, where he had been under house arrest, according to a statement from the sheriff's department.

Bowling had been due for a court appearance in Knox County before fleeing, the sheriff's department said.

Deputies said Bowling is charged with failure to appear in court on 10 counts of first-degree rape, two counts of third-degree arson, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief and being a persistent felony offender. He's also charged with fleeing and evading police.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255.

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