A car on fire was reported at the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Atlantic Avenue about 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15. Delaware State Police assisted the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office in securing the scene that night, and it was suspected that the fire had been intentionally set.
“Anytime we investigate a fire, we look for two things,” explained Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Harry Miller, “the area of origin and the heat source to cause the fire. If there’s no accidental heat source to cause the fire, it has to be set.”
Through video surveillance, Doreen K. Bowman, 58, of Ocean View, was named as a suspect in the crime.
Later that evening, Bowman was observed returning the club. Police said she drove into the entrance and was stopped by a trooper securing the scene. At that time, the trooper detected an odor of alcohol from her, and she was asked for her identification, for which, police said, she gave a false name.
An Ocean View police officer was able to positively identify Bowman and was aware that she had an active warrant out of Troop 4 in Georgetown for a charge of Offensive Touching.
Police ordered Bowman to exit the vehicle, but instead, they said, she drove further into the parking lot and then made a U-turn, in an apparent attempt to exit the parking lot. She was soon stopped and physically removed from the car and placed in custody, police said.
Bowman was then transported back to Troop 4, where she was charged with 3rd Offense Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, following previous convictions in July 2012 and August 2014. Additional charges filed this week included Criminal Impersonation, Resisting Arrest, Failure to Have Insurance in Possession, Failure to Have License in Possession and Offensive Touching.
Additionally, Bowman was charged by the Fire Marshal’s Office with one felony count of Arson in the 2nd degree, and one count of use of an Incendiary Device, Molotov cocktail and explosive devices, also a felony.
Police said the Offensive Touching charge stemmed from an incident that occurred on Oct. 28, at a residence on Ashland Drive in Ocean View, in which Bowman had allegedly grabbed a 58-year-old woman and thrown her to the ground during an altercation.
Bowman was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution for lack of $3,351 secured bond.