FOND DU LAC - The ex-girlfriend of a man who escaped from a mental health facility in July says the last few months have been a nightmare.
Graham Stowe had been on the run since July 2 after escaping from the Mendota Mental Health Facility in Madison.
Stowe was arrested in Fond du Lac Saturday night. But his whereabouts in between are still a mystery.
Since Graham Stowe escaped, programming her home security system has become part of the daily routine for Amanda Boeder.
"I returned back to my old habits of keeping a baseball bat by my bed and looking in the rear view mirror when you are driving home to make sure no one is following you,” said Boeder, Stowe’s ex-girlfriend.
Stowe was committed to the Mendota Mental Health Facility in Madison in 2004. He was committed after tying up Boeder's brother and father and threatening to set them on fire.
Fond du Lac police say Stowe was arrested in a parking lot across the street from a bar near downtown Fond du Lac late Saturday night. Police also say Stowe had a relative with him in the car at the time of his arrest. But the big question is why he was in Fond du Lac and where has he been for the last three and a half months.
"I believe he's been in Wisconsin,” said Patrick Amerson, Deputy U.S. Marshal Patrick Amerson.
The U.S. Marshal's Service says it was tracking Stowe's relatives since July.
"We had information that a close family member was rendezvousing with him and we had been watching that family member for some time,” said Amerson.
And for Boeder, the news of Stowe's arrest was a relief.
"Weight has completely been lifted off my shoulder. I've been living the last three and a half months in kind of a nightmare,” said Boeder.
As of Monday, Stowe was being held in the Fond du Lac County Jail. The family member with him at the time of his arrest is in the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Office.
And now that her ordeal is over, Boeder says it's time to try to resume a normal life.
"It's just taking one breath at a time,” she said.
The U.S. Marshal's Service has not identified which member of Stowe's family was arrested. It did say charges could soon be filed against that person.
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