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Casa Grande, Arizona’s Joshua Adam Bowen accused of praising Uvalde, Texas shooting

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Joshua Adam Bowen, 19, of Casa Grande, Pinal County, Arizona, United States is accused of threatening his family and friends. He also allegedly praised the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, USA on May 24, 2022.

That day, Salvador Rolando Ramos, 18, of Uvalde opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, fatally shooting fourth grade teachers Irma Garcia, 49, and Eva Mireles, 44, and 19 children aged 7-11. A U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally Ramos while he was barricaded inside the school.

Joshua Adam Bowen (©Casa Grande Police Department)
Joshua Adam Bowen (©Casa Grande Police Department)

Casa Grande Police Department officers contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding comments Bowen made online. Aside from threatening his family and friends and praising the school shooting in Uvalde, he allegedly made various threats to harm people in mass shootings at a high school, a movie theater and a police station. 

After being placed under surveillance, Bowen was taken into custody without incident by Casa Grande Police Department officers on June 5, 2022. At the time of his arrest, the officers did not find weapons.

However, detectives were able to identify information that leads them to believe Bowen may have access to firearms. He is facing charges of making a terrorist threat.

The Casa Grande resident was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. His bond was set at $150,000.

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Founded in 1879, Casa Grande is named after the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, which is located in Coolidge, Pinal County. The city is located almost halfway between Arizona cities Phoenix and Tucson.

Craig McFarland is the incumbent mayor of Casa Grande. The current members of the city council are Matt Herman, Lisa Navarro Fitzgibbons, Donna McBride, Bob Huddleston and Jeff Lavender.

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