JANUARY 28, 2017

CONTACT: Chief Deputy Kevin M. Kraus, 412-350-4714


PITTSBURGH, PA - Sheriff William P. Mullen announces the apprehension of Patricia Fowler, 47 years old, from Penn Hills.

In August of 2016, Fowler was charged by the Penn Hills Police Department with several counts including Obstruction, Concealment of the Whereabouts of a Child, Endangering the Welfare of Children, and Unsworn Falsification to Authorities. These charges stemmed from an incident regarding the disappearance of Fowler’s children in 2002. Fowler was arrested on the above charges, arraigned, and ultimately was released after her bond was paid.

On January 25, 2017, the Allegheny County Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Fowler regarding several charges including Felony Theft by Deception. These charges also stemmed from the aforementioned investigation of Fowler’s missing children.

On January 26, 2017, the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas issued a Bench Warrant for failing to appear at her formal arraignment associated with the original charges filed against her in August of 2016.

Since the issuance of the arrest warrant on January 25, 2017, sheriff’s detectives have been searching for Fowler. The search included several sheriff fugitive squads, working both day and night hours, spanning several areas of Allegheny and Washington County. During the investigation detectives, developed information that Fowler was attempting to evade apprehension along with Courtland Laprade, who was wanted on an active warrant issued by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.

On January 28, 2017, detectives developed information that both Fowler and Laprade were located at a residence on Kirkpatrick Street in the borough of North Braddock. Detectives and deputies, along with officers from North Braddock Police Department and Braddock Police Department responded to the location. Fowler and Laprade were apprehended by detectives shortly after without incident.

Fowler and Laprade were ultimately transported to the Allegheny County Jail, where they will be lodged on their respective warrants, as the investigation continues.