A suspect has been arrested in the recent Kentwood double homicide of David and Vivian Bouwman. Javonte Higgins, 22, was arrested on Friday, Jan. 18, 2012, after tips were received at Silent Observer. Higgins was arrested by the FBI fugitive task force in Chicago, according a press conference held by Kentwood Police Chief Tom Hillen.
Higgins had outstanding felony warrants of:
- home invasion
- auto theft
- fleeing and eluding
Police Chief Tom Hillen has also revealed that Higgins is not the only suspect in this case and are still investigating to locate others involved in the Bouwman's murder.
Kentwood's mayor, Richard Clanton, confirmed Hillen's statement by saying, during the press conference,
I am pleased that the efforts of all law enforcement teams working towards the apprehension of our primary suspect in the murders of David and Vivian Bouwman have succeeded. We can rest a bit easier tonight knowing this individual is off the street...although Mr. Higgins is only a suspect at this time, it is my hope that this is the first step in the Bouwman Family's journey to find peace following this tragic event.
David, 81, and Vivian, 80, were found murdered on Jan. 5, 2012 in their Kentwood home after their stolen car was found on fire. After police found the car, the registration led them to the Bouwman's home, where they had just been shot to death during a home invasion.