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Javonte Higgins spotted at bowling alley after Bouwman murders

9:44 PM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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Kentwood police want to question Javonte Higgins about the murders of David and Vivian Bouwman.
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  • WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - The tips keep rolling in and the reward has grown to $10,000 in the case of an elderly Kentwood couple murdered inside their home. David and Vivian Bouwman were shot inside their home in Princeton Estates more than a week ago. Now Police believe the suspect, Javonte Higgins, was spotted after the murders.

    Owners at Spectrum Lanes on Clyde Park Ave. SW say Higgins was trying to sell jewelry Saturday night, hours after the crime. His behavior bothered customers so much that he was kicked out.

    "We immediately escorted out the door.. and he was walking with a limp," says Spectrum Lanes manager Mike Eaton, who adds Higgins was a problem in the past. "He was in here playing poker-- he was banned from facility for inappropriate behavior in the poker room."

    Court records help paint a picture of Higgins' behavior before the murders. In September, police say he broke into a Kentwood home on Ticonderoga, leaving the neighbors shook up.

    "It's very frightening to know that. Nothing hardly happens out here, it's quiet, just to think someone is doing those things, it's very unnerving," says Jammie Scott.

    J&J Bond Service says Higgins' mother bonded him out. A month later police say he committed another home invasion on 52nd Street.

    "He just walked in through this door, it was open, grabbed the keys off the counter and stole the truck then crashed it somewhere in Kentwood," says Collin Davis.

    Wyoming's Police Chief James Carmody says they interviewed Higgins in the hospital and later found jewelry from a home in the crashed truck and in the hospital.

    "He was reluctant to cooperate. His explanation was that he had borrowed the truck from a friend," says Chief Carmody.

    An arrest warrant was requested but the Kent County Prosecutor told WZZM 13 they don't issue warrants while suspects are hospitalized-- or they would be responsible for their medical bills. By the time Higgins left the hospital, police were called but it was too late.

    Tuesday area police agencies followed up on several reported sightings of Javonte Higgins, but he was not located.

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