Father-in-law faces serious charges

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 18, 2011

ROCKWELL — Authorities say a Rockwell man hit his daughter-in-law in the face, held her against her will and then barricaded himself inside his home Wednesday afternoon. He is now in jail under a $100,000 secured bond.
Hugh Lloyd Fowler, 76, of 4829 Hwy. 152 E., has been charged with kidnapping, felony breaking and entering, assault inflicting serious bodily injury and resisting a public officer.
According to a report by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were called to the home of Gail Fowler, 9825 Castor Road. When they arrived, they found she had an eye injury. She was transported to Rowan Regional Medical Center.
She told the deputies her father-in-law, Hugh Fowler, had come to her home, kicked in the door and hit her in the face.
When they went next door to ask Fowler about the assault, he said he didn’t have anything to say about the incident adding, “You might as well shoot me.”
Knowing Fowler had guns in his home, officers asked him to come outside, but he would not, nor would he allow the officers to come inside.
When he finally did come outside, he was arrested and taken to the magistrate’s office.
The report had few details on what prompted Hugh Fowler to allegedly attack his daughter-in-law.