Felon rescued from North Oconee River by police

A man who was wanted for a felony stalking charge out of Elberton was rescued by Athens-Clarke County police last Monday after getting stuck in the North Oconee River.

“Brandon Lee Bowers, who was holding onto a tree branch while yelling for help, was rescued by officers who brought him to shore and then to the jail upon learning the 25-year-old Elberton resident was wanted on a felony stalking charge in his home town, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report,” an article in the Athens Banner-Herald reads.

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Athens police responded to an area near the Bigger Vision homeless shelter on North Avenue about 9:45 p.m. on Monday following a 911 call from someone at the shelter. The caller told police that they heard yelling in the woods and they believe that someone was in distress and needed help.

“Upon their arrival to the area, officers Jannette Refour and Hunter Blackmon began searching the woods, looking for the source of the screams,” the article reads. “They eventually found Bowers clinging to a tree branch beneath the train tracks that cross over Willow Street, according to the report.

According to some statistics by John Carroll University:

  • Persons aged 18-24 years experience the highest rate of stalking.
  • One in 6 women and one in 19 men in the United States have experienced stalking during their lifetime.
  • During a 12-month period an estimated 14 in every 1,000 persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking.
  • 13 percent of college women were stalking during one six to nine month period.
  • About 43 percent of victims stated that police were contacted at least once regarding the stalking.
  • Male and female stalking victimizations were equally likely to be reported to the police.
  • Approximately one in four stalking victims reported some form of cyber-stalking such as email or instant messaging. Electronic monitoring was used to stalk one in 13 victims (i.e. GPS monitoring, bugs, phone tapping, or video).
  • 46 percent of stalking victims felt fear of not knowing what would happen next.
  • 66.2% of female victims of stalking were stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
  • 31 percent of the women who are stalked by an intimate partner are sexually assaulted by that partner.
  • The average duration of stalking is 1.8 years.
  • 80 percent of campus stalking victims knew their stalker.
  • Three in 10 victims reported being injured emotionally or psychologically from being stalked.