Friday, March 02, 2007

Whidbey Island molestation suspect arrested

KOMO-TV - Seattle, Washington - News - Whidbey Island molestation suspect arrested: "A man who was wanted by the Island County Sheriff's Department for allegedly molesting a young girl was arrested Wednesday morning in Anacortes.

Anacortes police Sgt. John Taylor said John Cowan was arrested at the San Juan Motel about 9 a.m.

It turned out Cowan had picked the one place in town with a stolen car in the parking lot. When cops spotted it, they checked the motel's guest registry. They didn't find the car thief, but a patrol officer showed a picture of Cowan to the hotel manager and found him instead. The officer kept watch on Cowan's room and called for back up. He was arrested without incident.

Within hours, Cowan was back in front of an Island County judge.

This time his alleged 11-year-old victim was in the courtroom. That victim was once a family friend of Cowan, but is now a little girl who needed to see him in hand cuffs.

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