Alto: Joshua Neil Bowen for kidnapping

Alto: Joshua Neil Bowen for kidnapping

Alto man, Joshua Neil Bowen sentenced to over 12 years in prison for kidnapping

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (STL.News) Joshua Neil Bowen, 28, of Alto, New Mexico, was sentenced on Feb. 16 in federal court to 12 years and seven months in prison for kidnapping.  Upon his release, Bowen will be subject to three years of supervised release.

According to Bowen’s plea agreement and other public court documents, he and four co-defendants abducted the victim from a travel center in Mescalero, New Mexico, on April 4, 2019.  Bowen and Roberto Cervantes, 25, of Chaparral, New Mexico, each had a firearm at the time. Cervantes hit the victim in the face several times.  They also tied and bound the victim in an attempted robbery.

Bowen and his co-defendants took the victim to Chaparral where the co-defendants tried to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account with a debit card.  From there, some of the co-defendants traveled to El Paso, Texas, where Bowen took the victim to a bank.  Bowen ordered the victim to pretend to be Bowen’s grandfather and change the PIN for the victim’s ATM card.  After changing the PIN, Bowen transported the victim back to New Mexico. 

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