Police capture, arrest Hamilton County Justice Center escaped inmate

CINCINNATI -- A man who escaped from the Hamilton County Justice Center about a week ago was located and taken back to jail Tuesday evening.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said 20-year-old Chris Bowden, who escaped jail July 1, was taken into custody without incident at about 6 p.m., at his sister's Price Hill apartment in the 2600 block of Wendee Drive.

Bowden was previously sentenced to 10 years in the Ohio Department of Corrections for aggravated robbery. He was at the Justice Center awaiting a court appearance.

Sheriff's Office criminal investigators, the Sheriff's Fugitive Warrant Section, U.S. Marshal's Task Force, Cincinnati police and the Southwest Ohio Violent Crimes Task Force teamed up to find Bowden after a week's search.

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At the time of the arrest, no weapons were found in the apartment home, Neil said.

Bowden will face a second degree felony charge.

Four additional people were arrested during Bowden's apprehension, including Bowden's sister, 22-year-old Jessica Bowden, her boyfriend, 24-year-old Theron Gardner, Bowden's brother, 25-year-old Robert Bowden and Bowden's girlfriend 20-year-old Amber Howard. Each suspect is charged with obstructing justice.

All four were given a $10,000 bond at their arraignments Wednesday morning.

Investigators will continue to collect information on the case, and ask anyone with details to call the Sheriff's office at (513) 851-6000.

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