Region 8 police arrest murder suspect in Poplar Bluff

Region 8 police arrest murder suspect in Poplar Bluff
Joseph Bowens (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Dept.)
Joseph Bowens (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Dept.)

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - Poplar Bluff police arrested a man wanted for murder out of St. Louis on Saturday.

According to police, Joseph Bowens was arrested after a traffic stop.

Bowens is the primary suspect in a robbery where the desk clerk was murdered at a Drury Inn Hotel in St. Louis.

Bowens was taken to the Butler County Jail on 2 Poplar Bluff city warrants and a Butler County felony warrant.

Police state Bowens faces charges of murder, robbery and armed criminal action.

He is currently in jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

Bowens has several prior convictions including narcotics, second degree robbery, tampering, and probation and parole violations.

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