Conway man charged after shooting at woman, hiding in woods from police

troot@thesunnews.comJanuary 11, 2013 

A Conway man was charged with attempted murder after police said he shot at a 42-year-old woman and eluded officers and a K-9 unit in a wooded area, according to a report.

James Paul Rowe, 50, of Conway was charged with attempted murder and unlawful possession of a pistol and was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention at 2:41 p.m. Thursday, according to jail records. He is being held there pending a bond hearing.

The charges stem from Horry County police being called at 3 p.m. Sunday to Dargan Circle in Conway for a disturbance where gunshots had been fired, according to a police report. Officers learned from the victim that Rowe got upset earlier in the day after a picnic table he built was sold for $40 instead of $45.

Police learned that Rowe argued with the victim, threw her to the ground and held her by her throat before he pulled out a handgun from his coat pocket, according to the report. Rowe took the handgun, a shotgun and a bag of shotgun shells and left the house and went into a nearby wooded area.

The victim, a friend and her daughter took some items from the house and while they were waiting for a pickup truck to retrieve a television, Rowe returned to the home, according to the report. Rowe threatened the victim and shot at her three times inside the house before he ran back into the woods.

When police arrived they saw Rowe in the woods, but he refused to stop for officers, according to the report. A dog team was called to search for Rowe, but he was not immediately found. Police noted three bullet holes inside the house.

It was unclear how Rowe was taken into custody by police.

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