Attempted Sand Springs jogging trail rape suspect, Tulsa native Steven Ray Bowes, arrested

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. - A man suspected of an attempted rape at gun and knifepoint on a Sand Springs running trail has been arrested, police have confirmed.

Sand Springs authorities announced the capture of Steven Ray Bowes during a 7 p.m. press conference Friday.

Officers had been searching for a man, described as 6 feet tall with a slender build and gray or blonde hair, since Sunday evening, when a 20-year-old Sand Springs woman reported the alleged crime.

According to the woman, the suspect passed by her on a black bicycle as she ran on the River City Park trail around 5 p.m., and again near State Highway 97. She then reported the man stopped and pulled out a handgun and demanded she walk into a wooded area near the trail, at which time he made numerous sexual demands.

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He also produced a knife at the point, she told police, which she believes she might have stabbed the man in the leg with during a struggle. She then managed to escape to a nearby hospital.

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The officers' search ultimately led to Bowes, who, after being arrested for an outstanding municipal warrant for Occupied Dwelling Unfit for Habitation, was interviewed about the attempted rape. That interview, coupled with newly recovered evidence, allowed for Sand Springs police to add kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and attempted forcible sodomy to his initial charge.

"I think it's a great relief for the community," said Sand Springs Assistant Police Chief, Mike Carter. "It's a rare thing for our city to face a crime like this. Now that he is in custody, I think that's just wonderful."

Bowes, a 49-year-old unemployed Tulsa man, is being held on $150,000 bond.

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