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Phelan man threatens Walmart loss prevention officer with a gun; arrested after pursuit

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — Cory David Bowman, 33, of Phelan, was arrested after he threatened a Walmart loss prevention officer with a gun and led deputies on a pursuit, officials said.

On August 28, 2018, at about 5:32 pm, a loss prevention officer for Walmart in the 11800 block of Amargosa Road in Victorville reported contacting a suspect shoplifting at the store.

“During the contact, the suspect had his hands in his pocket and threatened to harm the employee with a gun if he was not allowed to leave,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

Cory Bowman got into a 2005 Hyundai Accent and drove away from the store. Responding deputies noticed the Hyundai leaving the parking lot and heading west on Bear Valley Road.

A deputy attempted a traffic stop on the Hyundai and the suspect failed to yield leading deputies on a pursuit.

“The suspect ran several stop signs before driving into the desert near Cobalt and Powerline Road. He continued through the desert for a short distance before getting his vehicle stuck,” officials said. Deputies caught Bowman as he ran from the vehicle.

Deputies recovered a handgun along the pursuit route, and believe it is the handgun the suspect used to threaten the victim. A records check revealed the gun was reported stolen in San Bernardino.

Bowman is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms. Bowman was booked at the High Desert Detention Center for felon in possession of a firearm and evading a peace officer with disregard for safety. The case was sent to the District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of further charges.

The suspect has had a lengthy criminal record with law enforcement over the past year. In September of 2017, Bowman was arrested for attempted murder after officials said he shot a man who entered his home in the 35000 block of Indian Trail in Helendale. According to public court records, Bowman was initially charged with second-degree murder and assault with a firearm, however, the case was dismissed due to lack of evidence.

In December 2017, Bowman was arrested after a LoJack hit on a vehicle stolen out of Highland led deputies to his location.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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