A wanted man who recently failed to appear in court multiple times tried to flee from police by jumping into Lake Memphremagog

A wanted man who recently failed to appear in court multiple times tried to flee from police by jumping into Lake Memphremagog.

“The Newport Police Department, while attempting to arrest Cameron Bowen, found that he jumped into Lake Memphremagog and he tried to swim away from the Newport City Police officers,” said State’s Attorney Vince Illuzzi, while arguing that the court should order a curfew, a court-appointed custodian and set $25,000 bail on Bowen.

But Judge Jiron said he didn’t think any of that was necessary. 

Bowen is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from his 73-year-old grandmother who suffers from dementia. Bowen is also accused of possessing fentanyl and heroin and has another pending charge in Orleans County.

“It appears conditions haven’t worked,” said Illuzzi. “He’s repeatedly failed to appear and so we think $25,000 cash is warranted under the circumstances.”

Bowen’s Defense attorney argued that the requested bail was too much and suggested Bowen sign for an unsecured appearance bond instead. 

Judge Jiron then ordered Bowen’s release without a custodian, curfew or bail.