A manhunt came to an end on Wednesday just before 7 p.m. when authorities apprehended a man wanted for armed robbery. The manhunt ended in the 8500 block of Lavender Road across from Ebenezer Temple AD church in Smith County south of Interstate 20.
Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith says they arrested Adam Heath Bowers, who was wanted in connection to an early morning robbery at Walmart in Lindale on Monday. Bowers is also a suspect in an aggravated robbery that occurred in Tyler on the same day.
Sitting in the back of the sheriff's department vehicle in handcuffs, Bowers looked directly into the KLTV 7 camera and exclaimed, "Here's Adam Bowers, the infamous, whatever the hell I done, guy."
Bowers was arrested after a manhunt that involved several law enforcement agencies, including DPS. In fact, it was the DPS chopper that finally spotted him in the woods.
He told KLTV 7, that he was just out for a walk when he was caught.
"I have no clue why people looking for me right now," Bowers said.
Law enforcement say Bowers was one of three suspects who robbed a Walmart located at 105 E. Centennial Boulevard in Lindale. Two male suspects and one female suspect entered the Walmart around 5:30 a.m. Monday. The three suspects walked around inside the store for a short period of time before heading to the electronics department.
That is when the suspects grabbed various computers and tried to exit the store using a back door. When the suspects opened the back door an alarm sounded, alerting a Walmart associate.
A few hours later, police say Bowers took several items from the Family Dollar in Tyler without paying for them. An employee attempted to stop him and followed him out into the parking lot. Bowers reached into his vehicle and removed a weapon from the back. The store employee then stopped her attempt to stop him.
Bowers was taken to the Smith County Jail. He's charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery, and aggravated assault. Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith says the assault charge happened because Bowers allegedly shot at someone on Tuesday morning at a mobile home park near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.
He is being held on $1.15 million bond.
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