Homeless Man Arrested After Assaulted SMART Officers

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A homeless man has been arrested in Petaluma after he assaulted two Smart Code Compliance Officers. Yesterday around 12:30 PM, SMART Officers contacted Petaluma police regarding a man who had attempted to assault them when they tried to remove him from nearby SMART Train tracks. During the altercation, the suspect, Matthew Bowe, picked up large rocks and began to throw them at SMART Officers, nearly striking them. Bowe fled when officers arrived and wasn’t spotted again until a few hours later when officers found him walking on northbound Highway 101 near West Sierra Drive in Cotati. He fled through neighborhoods and a creek bed before officers managed to take him into custody, after being placed in a WRAP restraint device. A taser was also used on Bower but it was not effective.