CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. – Detectives looking for a serial rapist in Georgia found him right under their noses — when he tried to join their police agency.
Kenneth Thomas Bowen III, 24, only came into the spotlight when he joined the Clayton County Police Department’s academy in 2018. The academy recruit was fired after just a few months for lateness and constant lying.
Investigators later realized Bowen had been named a “suspicious” person after at least one of eight sex attacks that terrorized Jonesboro since 2015, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Detectives soon noticed the “striking resemblance” between Bowen’s photo and police sketches, police said at a press conference.
Moreover, after linking Bowen’s tattoos to the suspect’s description, investigators obtained a search warrant for his DNA. As a result, the man who tried to become a cop is now linked to eight attacks, police said last week.
“Had he not attempted to join ranks in the Clayton County Police Department, it is questionable as to when we would have apprehended him,” Clayton County Police Chief Kevin Roberts said, according to the AJC.
Consequently, Bowen has been charged with seven counts of rape and one count of sexual battery. Officials said the attacks all happened within a two-mile radius of Bowen’s home in Jonesboro. None occurred during his time at the academy.
“WE GOT HIM!” the police department wrote on Facebook last week alongside a video of Bowen in police custody.
“Citizens of Clayton County can rest a little bit easier knowing that the serial rapist has been CAPTURED! Great investigative skill set and excellent teamwork has brought his terror to an end!”
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