Harry Joseph Bowman

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Harry Joseph Bowman
Harry Joseph Bowman
Harry Joseph Bowman
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
ChargesRacketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO); Murder
Description
Born(1949-07-17) July 17, 1949 (age 64)
Status
AddedMarch 14, 1998
CaughtJune 7, 1999
Number453
Captured
 
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Harry Joseph Bowman
Harry Joseph Bowman
Harry Joseph Bowman
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
ChargesRacketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO); Murder
Description
Born(1949-07-17) July 17, 1949 (age 64)
Status
AddedMarch 14, 1998
CaughtJune 7, 1999
Number453
Captured

Harry Joseph "Taco" Bowman was the international president of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. While he was president, the club had chapters in more than 30 cities in the United States and some 20 chapters in at least four other countries. Bowman became the 453rd fugitive listed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.[1][2] He has been imprisoned in the U.S. since 1999.

Legal matters[edit]

The FBI reported Bowman's aliases as: Harry Bouman; David Bowman; Harry Bowman; Harry J. Bowman; Harry Joe Bowman; David Charles Dowman; Harry Douman; Harry Tyree; "Taco"; and "T". He was described as 5'10" and 190 pounds, with multiple tattoos reflecting his association with the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, such as one on his back and upper right arm of a skull and crossed pistons with the word "Outlaws" in black above and the word "Detroit" in black below. He also has a swastika tattoo on his right forearm, and a "Merlin the Magician" figure on his left forearm.

Bowman became wanted for crimes going back decades earlier, beginning with the murder of an Outlaws member in Ormond Beach, Florida in 1982.[3]

He was then wanted in the murder of a rival club member in Edgewater, Florida[disambiguation needed] in 1991.

He was indicted as well for having ordered bombings of rival clubhouses in Orlando, Florida and in Cook County, Illinois in 1994.

He was also wanted in the murder of another Outlaws member in Indiana in 1995.

He was indicted in Tampa, Florida in August 1997 for the three murders and bombings. The sweeping indictment, under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) conspiracy law, alleged his involvement in violent racketeering acts to also include drug trafficking, extortion, firearms violations, and other acts of violence.

In 1998 Bowman was then placed on the FBI wanted list, with a $50,000 reward for his apprehension.

After more than one year on the FBI list, Bowman was arrested June 7, 1999 in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He sought the assistance of noted defense attorney Henry Gonzalez of Tampa. He was sentenced to two life sentences.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Internet Archive Wayback Machine, Bowman's FBI wanted poster
  2. ^ Demo archive of Bowman's FBI wanted poster
  3. ^ Federal Bureau of Investigation (2000). FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives Program: 50th Anniversary 1950-2000. K&D Limited, Inc.