A New York man was arrested in London this week, four years after he fled the country to escape child rape charges. The man had apparently fled to Liberia where he ended up running one of the largest state hospitals in the country.
Police say 47-year-old Tobias Bowen of Clay, NY, was arrested and charged with rape of a child and additional criminal sex act charges in March of 2010. Bowen was able to post his $10,000 bail and fled to Liberia shortly after a grand jury indicted him on even more charges.
Some time later, U.S. Marshalls discovered that Bowen was working as the chief of Redemption Hospital, one of the largest public hospitals in Liberia.
Bowen apparently became something of a local celebrity in Liberia, appearing in numerous interviews about the hospital. One article cited him as the president of the Liberia Timberwolves basketball team, quoting him as saying he wanted “government through the ministry of youth and sports to invest heavily in the development of sports in the country.”
Earlier his month, U.S. Marshalls learned that Bowen planned to visit family in the United Kingdom. Bowen was arrested by a joint task force as soon as his plane landed in London.
Bowen is expected to be extradited back to New York where he will face numerous felony sex offense charges.
That’s quite a journey back to the states. Who’d have thunk that getting your picture in the paper while you’re an internationally wanted child rapist would be an ill-advised move?