COOPER CITY TEEN ARRESTED FOR ARMED KIDNAPPING AND LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS CONDUCT

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office
PIO Number:
21-8-3B
BSO Case Numbers:
16-2108-000052\16-2108-000094
Date:
Aug. 2, 2021
Time:
Approximately 4:45 a.m.
Jurisdiction:
Cooper City
Place of Occurrence:
Flamingo Lakes Townhomes, Cooper City
Victim:
Name withheld (Marsy’s Law)
Suspect:
Joshua Bouwense,16, 8/26/2004, male, 5039 S.W.123rd Terrace, Cooper City 
Description of Incident:
A Cooper City teen faces additional charges of armed kidnapping and armed lewd or lascivious conduct on a 7-year-old victim in an incident that occurred earlier this month.

Through their investigation, Broward Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit detectives learned that in the early morning hours of Aug. 2, Joshua Bouwense, armed with a knife, entered a residence in the Flamingo Lakes Townhomes community in Cooper City and made his way to the victim’s room. He then took the victim to a secluded area of the home. The victim fought and screamed for help, prompting Bouwense to flee the scene. Investigators positively identified the 16-year-old male through DNA evidence.  

Bouwense had been caught on surveillance video prowling around the community. He was initially arrested on one count of armed burglary of a dwelling in the development hours after the crime against the 7-year-old victim occurred and has been in custody since that arrest.

As of Aug. 23, Bouwense faces additional charges of armed kidnapping, armed burglary of a dwelling and armed lewd or lascivious conduct.

INVESTIGATORS:
Det. V. Encina, SVU
Det. D. Charoudis, SVU

Sgt. M. Baldwin, SVU
BSO BAT; Cooper City



THIS REPORT BY:
Claudinne Caro/PIO
Aug. 24, 2021  1700