Fowler’s run from law enforcement ends

Citizen plays a role in capture
By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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Roseville’s most wanted man is behind bars today, after an alert citizen caught sight of the fugitive in Citrus Heights.

Gary Fowler is a 43-year-old parolee with a long history of violence. The Roseville Police Department attempted to arrest him at least two times last week in the wake of a new alleged crime spree that involved attempting to steal six rental cars from Sunrise Avenue.

Last Tuesday, Jan. 29, police chased Fowler into the wooded creekbed along Roseville's Saugstad Park and eventually conducted a full manhunt for him with officers and helicopters from several law enforcement agencies. Fowler managed to vanish.

The following night, a sighting of Fowler in Antelope caused Center High School to experience a full lockdown, as Sacramento sheriff’s deputies and Roseville police officers combed several neighborhoods for him.

Folwer was believed to be armed with a gun and has allegedly attacked police officers in the past.

On Saturday, Feb. 2, Fowler was taken into custody in Citrus Heights. According to Roseville police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther, a citizen had “seen information about the suspect in the news and had been keeping an eye out for him, in order to help keep the community safe.” That citizen spotted Fowler in a park near Roseville Road and Outlook Drive and immediately called police. Gunther said Roseville officers asked the Citrus Heights Police Department to investigate the park, which led to Fowler being apprehended without incident.    

Fowler was booked into the Placer County Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, violation of parole and other charges.

Gunther added her department was grateful to the media and the public for assistance in capturing Fowler.