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Wild capture of second home-invasion suspect

The second suspect in the Jan. 27 Alta Sierra home invasion and armed robbery was caught in a violent confrontation after Nevada County sheriff’s investigators tracked him down in Sacramento County late Friday.

Mark Dewayne Bowden, 23, of Grass Valley, fled in a car after ramming sheriff’s cruisers and a semitrailer, injuring one of the officers. Then he took off on foot before being tackled and subdued.

At one point in the chase, neighbors helped by using flashlights to point out Bowden’s location to his pursuers.

Bowden’s alleged partner, 22-year-old Terry Pettigrew, was arrested Thursday afternoon after leading officers on a short pursuit through downtown Nevada City before crashing his car on Bridge Street near Deer Creek. After the crash, Pettigrew escaped across the creek, starting a five-hour manhunt.

Pettigrew and Bowden are suspected of entering the home of Richard R. Mayer, 49, last Tuesday night, hitting him on the head with a golf club and robbing him at gunpoint. They reportedly stole a jar of coins and casino chips.

Mayer said Pettigrew was a former employee of his and probably targeted him because he knew Mayer had money.

See the details in The Union’s Monday edition.

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