Maltby Boulevard in Big Bear City
Wednesday July 15th, Big Bear Sheriff Deputies
responded to a burglary in progress at a residence in the 700 block of East Maltby Boulevard in Big Bear City. The homeowner reported that a male subject had
attempted to break in to the victim’s garage through a side door. When the
victim called out to him, the male subject fled the location.
The homeowner was able to maintain visual observations on
the subject as he called 9-1-1. A Deputy made contact with the male subject,
identified as 41-year-old Eric Bower, a few blocks from the residence. Bower
immediately became agitated and combative with the Sheriff Deputy upon initial
contact. A struggle ensued, wherein Bower obtained the deputy’s baton and
struck the deputy with the baton. The Sheriff Deputy was able to control Bower
and took him into custody without further incident. Both the deputy and suspect
were treated at a local hospital for their injuries.
Suspect Eric Bower was arrested on felony charges of
burglary and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, pending a court