Eric McGowen is no longer a free man. The 20-year-old fled the courtroom during his trial, stemming from the 2010 rape of an 11-year-old girl, and was captured by U.S. Marshals, Tuesday (Sept. 11).
According to Alfredo Perez, spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service, McGowen was apprehended at an apartment in northeast Houston. Members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force swarmed in on the criminal, who did not put up a fight. He was turned over to Texas Rangers and transported back to Liberty County.
Authorities had been searching for him since Aug. 29, when he walked out of the trial, on the same day that his victim gave her tearful testimony of being s-xually assaulted by more than a dozen men. McGowen is accused of having intercourse with the now teenager, and was not required to be followed by guards during the trial because he was out on bail. Prosecutors used witness testimony, and a videotaped confession to build a case against McGowen. In spite of his absence, the court proceedings moved forward. He was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to 99 years in prison.
As the first defendant to stand trial in the case, McGowen was one of 20 other men accused of participating in the heinous act. Six of the juveniles involved, and two adults charged all pleaded guilty. Since the conviction was handed down, four other adults accused have pleaded guilty.
Police opened the investigation after on of the girl’s classmates told a teacher that she saw a video of the victim being assaulted in an abandoned trailer.
MORE ON HIP-HOP WIRED!
• Bangin Candy “Birthday Song’s” Big Booty Girl: Delianna Urena [PHOTOS]
• Rick Ross Shoots “Diced Pineapples” Video In Anguilla [PHOTOS]
• Bape x UNDFTD x adidas Campus, Stan Smith & ZX 5000
• Three 6 Mafia Bring Out Strippers At Supreme NYC Fashion Night Out Party [PHOTOS/VIDEO]
• Wired 25: Hip-Hop’s 25 Favorite Athletes
• Jay-Z Talks Fatherhood & More With The New York Times [PHOTOS]
• Streets On Fire: 10 Victims Of Chicago’s Violent Murder Spike [PHOTOS]
• Jay-Z & Blue Ivy Kick It On A Yacht & Celebrate Beyoncé’s Birthday [PHOTOS]
Jamaican Cottage Owner Blasts Black Americans, Sparking Twitter Outrage
Janelle Monáe Covers Latest Issue Of Rolling Stone
The Nerve: Shaun King Seeks Help Paying For Medical Procedures, Receipts Twitter Attacks
Offset Shares Footage Of Him Appreciating Cardi B's Cakes
Tekashi 6ix9ine Gay Rumors Run Rampant After Rapper "Kisses" Mexican Band Singer
Baes & Baddies: Temptress Celebrates Body Positivity Beautifully & Boldly
The Thirst Is Real: Twitter Asking Ice Spice "Where Yo Mom At?" After Photo of Her Momma Goes Viral
Ms Jacky Oh, Romantic Partner Of DC Young Fly, Reportedly Has Died