Bowman arrested for allegedly firing BB gun into an apartment window
A one-time Havelock High football standout was arrested over the weekend, charged with firing a BB gun into an occupied apartment.
Micheal James Bowman, 19, of 450 Hodge Road in Havelock, is charged with cyberstalking (electronic mail for harassment), discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and injury to real property, according to Havelock police.
Chief David Magnusson said the charges relate to an incident between 5 and 8 a.m. Sunday in which it is alleged Bowman fired a BB gun into an apartment on Shipman Road.
Magnusson said the incident was reported to police at noon, and after an investigation, a warrant was obtained from the local magistrate for Bowman’s arrest.
Magnusson said the incident apparently involved a dispute between Bowman and the renter of the apartment and that renter’s juvenile daughter.
“He wanted some contact with the daughter and he was communicating some veiled threats,” Magnusson said. “There were a couple threats that were generated towards the daughter from him via cell phone.”
Magnusson said that a BB was recovered inside the window during the investigation.
“The window wasn’t totally blown out but the crack went through the whole window,” Magnusson said. “The facts are what they are and we have to act accordingly. The evidence is certainly there. Obviously, he is making some sort of threats and is then following through with them.”
Magnusson said a weapon was not confiscated.
Bowman was taken to the Craven County Jail under a $15,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
Bowman has unresolved charges of felony larceny, felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to real property in connection with the alleged Feb. 22 theft of merchandise from the Walmart in Havelock. His scheduled court date on those charges is Nov. 3.
He was arrested in the fall of 2014 on 16 counts of misdemeanor larceny relating to the theft of 12 iPods from Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School. The arrest came just prior to the start of his senior football season at Havelock High, and Bowman was suspended from the team and did not play.
On April 1 of this year, he pleaded guilty to those charges and received a 90-day suspended jail sentence and 18 months of probation. He agreed to pay restitution of $4,780 and perform 100 hours of community service.
Bowman was a standout football and basketball player at Havelock High. He was part of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 state championship football teams. The wide receiver had committed to play in college at the University of South Carolina, but the college withdrew that offer after he was arrested in 2014. He later signed at Winston-Salem State, but just weeks later, was arrested for the Walmart thefts. He graduated from Havelock High School in June.