FOND DU LAC - FOX 11 has learned new details about the arrest of a mental health institute escapee. The man, who has ties to the Green Bay area, was captured Saturday night in Fond du Lac.
U.S. Marshals along with Fond du Lac police officers arrested 30-year-old Graham Stowe.
Stowe has been on the run since July 2, 2013, when he walked away from the Mendota Mental Health facility in Madison.
Authorities tell FOX 11 a close relative was also arrested along with Stowe.
A deputy U.S. Marshal tells FOX 11 a tip brought authorities to Fond du Lac, and that tip landed Stowe in the county jail.
Officials say they've watched Stowe's friends, family and associates in the area since mid-July.
"We had information that a close family member was rendezvousing with him and we've been watching that family member for some time," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Patrick Amerson in a phone interview with FOX 11. "We followed that member to the Fond du Lac area where, sure enough, they met with Graham,” he continued, “And determined it was Graham Stowe operating the car."
Fond du Lac police would not go on camera with FOX 11, but did confirm to us in an email that Stowe and another person were arrested in a parking lot across from the Press Box bar in the 200 block of Forest Avenue at about 9:30 p.m.
Both were arrested without incident. Amerson wouldn't confirm who the second person is, except to say it was a relative. He added charges would likely be filed against the relative in Brown County.
"We know that he had a vehicle, it was registered in somebody else's name,” explained Amerson. “Our investigation will follow up how he got that vehicle, was it provided to him by a family member, or associate, who knew he was a fugitive?"
A judge committed Stowe to the Mendota Mental Health Institute in 2004, and again in 2009.
In 2004, police say Stowe broke into his former girlfriend's Brown County home. He allegedly tied up her brother and father, doused them in gasoline and threatened to light them on fire. No one was seriously hurt.
After Stowe's July escape, FOX 11 spoke with his wife Nicole, who didn't want to reveal her last name. Nicole lives in the Green Bay area, and said then Stowe hadn't contacted her, and she doubted he would. We tried to contact Nicole for this story, but our calls were not returned.
Amerson says it’s likely Stowe will be transferred to Dane County, and face charges for escaping the mental health center.
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