Suspect in Lafayette shooting incident is captured

Published: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.

A man suspected of shooting into a car with three people inside in Lafayette County was apprehended in Alachua on Friday afternoon, reported Deputy U.S. Marshal Bryon Carroll.

Bricen Bowden, 27, of Mayo, was arrested on a Lafayette County warrant charging him with shooting into an occupied vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated assault and discharging a firearm in public, Carroll said in a press release.

Bowden is suspected of firing an AK-47-style assault rifle into a vehicle occupied by three people on Dec. 5 near Mayo.

Investigators determined Bowden had fled to Alachua County after the shooting, and they later developed information that Bowden was hiding with friends near Alachua in an attempt to avoid arrest, Carroll said.

Officers with the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force — including investigators from the Marshals Service, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and the Gainesville Police Department — kept watch on an area and spotted a vehicle containing several people, including Bowden.

Task force members stopped the vehicle in a parking lot at 15910 NW 144th Terrace and ordered Bowden out at gunpoint, Carroll said. He was arrested and taken to the Alachua County jail.

Bowden was released from state prison in July for shooting or throwing a deadly missile into a vehicle in Lafayette County in 2011, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. He's also had previous arrests in Alachua and Columbia counties, court records show.

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