Judge Jiron said last month he didn’t think a wanted man who jumped into Lake Memphremagog to avoid arrest was a flight risk. But on Thursday, his opinion of Cameron Bowen changed after Bowen failed to appear at two court hearings since his release in July.
“He is the person who, in an attempt to avoid arrest the last time, jumped into Lake Memphremagog when the Newport Police Department was trying to apprehend him on an arrest warrant,” said State’s Attorney Vince Illuzzi. “Last night, he was spotted by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department and again ran. A search ensued and they were able to find him and arrest him. We would submit those are all in addition to failing to appear on August 2 and August 8. Those are all factors from which the court could find that Mr. Bowen presents a risk of flight for prosecution.”
Judge Jiron agreed and did set bail – at $200. He added, “I don’t like to set bail unnecessarily on a case that I think normally wouldn’t have bail…But if we can’t be sure you’ll come back to court – I don’t have many other options.