A suspect the Bowie Police Department has been pursuing since March is now in custody after what Chief Guy Green described as “a rodeo at the rodeo grounds” Aug. 31.
Larry Ray Capko, 42, had been wanted on warrants for assault indecency with a child-sexual contact for five months before the police department received a tip he had been seen at the Murphy’s gas station.
Officer Brian Keating was able to locate the vehicle and made a traffic stop at the Bowie Rodeo Grounds. Capko exited the vehicle and a foot pursuit began. The driver fled the scene in the vehicle. Green said Keating chased the Capko around the arena and over multiple fences before returning to Wise St.
The officer attempted to subdue the suspect with a taser, but only one probe made contact. Fortunately, two citizens stepped in to assist and Keating was able to make the arrest with the assistance of the good Samaritans.
Capko was charged with evading arrest in addition to his two previous warrants and was transferred to the Montague County jail.
“It is very nice to capture a suspect we have been after for so long,” Green said. “It might not have happened if it hadn’t been for the great help from the public. First by noticing him and then assisting with his capture.”