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Foot chase nets domestic violence suspect

Posted August 27, 2009

— A man wanted on domestic violence charges was arrested after a foot chase by a Halifax County sheriff's deputy and Roanoke Rapids police officers Wednesday.

Deputy C. Scott recognized Jermaine Samuel Bowser, 30, while patrolling the South Rosemary area, authorities said. Scott confirmed that Bowser was wanted on warrants for domestic violence and non-payment of child support.

Bowser fled when Scott approached him, but the deputy and police officers caught him hiding behind a shed on Willow Street, authorities said.

Bowser faces one count of assault on a female and two counts each of non-payment of child support, domestic violence and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer.

He was denied bond for the domestic violence charges and given a $500 cash bond for nonpayment of child support and a $1,000 secured bond on the charges of resisting arrest. He was scheduled to appear in court Sept. 8 and 30.

According to state Department of Correction records, Bowser was released on March 9 after serving a little more than 2 months on three counts of assault on a female. DOC records show he served nearly three years for violating his parole stemming from four convictions for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one for discharging a firearm into property in 1999.


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  • MommyAgain Aug 27, 2009

    I will say that some men are being charged ridiculous amounts of child support but some women are being screwed too. I only get $50/mth, yes a month it wasn't a typo. All because he claims to be disabled and cant work though I know he has worked many jobs under the table.

  • Ol Forrester Aug 27, 2009

    Why was he walking around loose ??? "assault with intent to kill" implies someone is alive only because he was incompetent.

  • didisaythat Aug 27, 2009


    I hear your point, but what do you do to someone that will not pay? There is punishment for that it is called jail. I have some experience in the judicial side of this matter and I hear judges say, I know you can't make money in jail, but when you were out of jail and had a job you didn't pay a dime so you do the time.

  • dare107 Aug 27, 2009

    OOOO he is a real man beating women and running from the PoPo! Another ole saying by the police: "If you run from the police you just go to jail tired"!!!!!!! LOL

  • silverflash Aug 27, 2009

    i am all for nabbing this guy for the assult. As far as the child support thing- I "hear" that sometimes judges force unrealistic orders against men for child support. What happens if you are making a good living, and then lose your job? You then become behind on payments then you go to jail??? That is debtors prison to me which I thought was done away with long ago.

    Anyhow, I think child support needs to be paid, but shouldbe reasonable. Not 75% of a dudes pay or whatever, that's just wrong. Can you live on 700$/month?? For EVERYTHING?