Local man accused of holding knife to woman’s head

Columbus police arrested a local man after he was accused of holding a knife to a woman’s head during an argument.

James E. Bowling, 41, Columbus, was arrested on preliminary charges of battery, criminal confinement, intimidation with a deadly weapon, interfering with the reporting of a crime and resisting law enforcement, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers were sent to the 4600 block of Breckenridge Drive at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday about a person kicking in a door at a residence there. The individual, identified as Bowling, left the area before officers arrived, Harris said.

While officers were searching for Bowling, a woman asked to speak with them at the Columbus Police Department, Harris said. The woman told police that Bowling was intoxicated and held a 7-inch knife to her head which cut her, Harris said.

Officers used a canine to search for Bowling and a short time later saw him running into a dark area behind a mobile home in the area, Harris said. Officers released the canine and Bowling was caught by the dog, Harris said.

Bowling was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital where he is being treated for a dog bite to his leg, Harris said.

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