(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $25-thousand-dollars Wednesday for a Beaver Dam man charged with making violent threats towards law enforcement. John Cowen is facing 16 total counts, nine of which felonies that include Resisting an Officer, Obstructing, Fourth Degree Sexual Assault, and Unlawful Phone Use. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center fielded a call from the Beaver Dam Police Department’s non-emergency number on June 28th.
The caller said (quote) “I have a prediction this morning that one of your pigs is going to be shot.” The number used to make the call was reportedly tied back to Cowen. Sheriff’s detectives called Cowen who denied placing that call. According to the criminal complaint, Cowen did say that he hates several officers at the Beaver Dam Police Department. Authorities had a non-law enforcement crises negotiator contact Cowen, and during their conversation the 41-year-old allegedly made obscene comments throughout.
Between the 28th and the 30th, law enforcement and communication professionals reportedly received over 80 harassing phone calls from Cowen. On the 30th, law enforcement went to take Cowen into custody at his home. During the arrest, multiple officers reported in the criminal complaint that Cowen was uncooperative, belligerent, resistive, and made sexual requests. Cowen allegedly touched a deputy inappropriately as well as a nurse at the Beaver Dam hospital.
If convicted, Cowen faces over 57 years behind bars. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 15th.