Army deserter, 46, who was living quietly in a small Indiana town under a fake name for 18 YEARS and working jobs for cash is arrested after voluntarily walking into police station
- Robert Eugene Brodbeck, 46, had been wanted for deserting the Army in 2000
- He had been living in Clinton, Indiana, for 18 years using the last name Bowmen
- He worked as a dishwasher getting paid cash and other under the table jobs
- On December 26 he went to the police station to discuss an altercation at work
- When officers looked up his name he had no record, prompting his discovery
Robert Eugene Brodbeck, 46, had been wanted for deserting the Army in 2000 and had been living in Clinton, Indiana, for 18 years flying under the radar
An army deserter has been found and arrested after living under the radar for 18 years.
Robert Eugene Brodbeck, 46, had been wanted for deserting the Army in 2000.
Brodbeck has been using the last name Bowmen for nearly two decades while living in the small town of Clinton, Indiana, and working as a dishwasher at a local Italian restaurant.
He was finally discovered last week after voluntarily walking into a police station on December 26 to speak with officers about an altercation that had occurred with a co-worker.
Larry Keller, dispatcher and records clerk for the Clinton Police Department, said that when he gave the last name Bowman, nothing showed up on any of the police databases.
According to Keller, officers immediately knew Brodbeck was lying and were preparing to arrest him for giving false information.
That’s when Brodbeck broke down and confessed to the officers his true identity.
‘He worked jobs in things where he was paid in cash,’ Keller said.
‘Nothing that ever required a Social Security number. He lived in a low-rent apartment. He walked everywhere and never had a driver’s license. He was really no trouble,’ he added.
They discovered that Brodbeck had deserted the army 18 years ago and was wanted on warrants in Texas for eluding police and failure to appear in court.
He was booked into the Vermillion County Jail Thursday and is being held while he awaits extradition by the US Marshall’s Service.