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Truckee Police arrest ax-wielding sex offender on felony charges

Gregg Rowland

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Authorities this week arrested a sex offender on felony charges of domestic violence and false imprisonment after he allegedly beat a woman and tried to lock her inside a house.

Gregg Eugene Rowland, 51, of Truckee, was arrested Monday and booked in Nevada County Jail on suspicion of felony domestic violence and felony false imprisonment, as well as misdemeanor charges of preventing a person from making a 911 call and failing to register as a sex offender, according to a statement from the Truckee Police Department.

At about 7:30 p.m. Monday, TPD officers responded to a report of a female in distress outside a residence on Trout Creek Road in Truckee.

Officers arrived to find the female crying and bleeding from the mouth. According to TPD, she told officers that Rowland, her live-in boyfriend, had beaten her and held her against her will in the residence throughout the evening.

"The victim went on to say she had to crawl out the bathroom window of the residence after Rowland boarded the door shut and took her phone away, preventing her from leaving the residence or calling 911," according to a TPD statement.

The woman was treated for her injuries Monday night.

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According to police, officers located Rowland hiding near the residence.

"Rowland was initially uncooperative and holding an axe as officers approached him," according to police.

He eventually dropped the weapon, and officers arrested him without incident.

During the investigation it was determined Rowland — who had recently moved to Truckee — was in violation of requirements to register as a sex offender, according to police, and he had also assaulted the victim a week ago near Boca Reservoir, causing "numerous additional injuries to her."

This week's incident is not Rowland's first brush with the law.

According to an October 2010 report from the Nevada Appeal newspaper, Rowland, then-45, was arrested in Carson City on suspicion of felony failure to register as a sex offender, felony parole violation out of California, misdemeanor violation of a suspended sentence and failure to appear on a DUI charge.

Rowland was reportedly curled up in insulation and hiding in the crawlspace of a residence; a Carson City K9 dog sniffed him out and began biting his arm before he came out to surrender.

He eventually pleaded guilty to sex offender failure to register and was sentenced to prison. According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, he made parole on July 28, 2011.

Due to Rowland's transient nature since, authorities have not had an easy time tracking him over the years.

However, Rowland was among eighth sex registrants reportedly living within the town of Truckee that TPD detectives audited during a June compliance check, during which two were found to be in violation for failing to update their current addresses.

Both those cases were referred to the Nevada County District Attorney's Office.

One of the two people was Rowland, TPD Sgt. Bob Womack said Tuesday. He said a warrant could be issued in the coming days for the second sex offender, whose name was not available Tuesday because he also is considered a transient.

Womack said TPD does several compliance checks within the town as part of California's Megan's Law, which provides the public with information on the whereabouts of offenders to help residents protect themselves and their children from sexual predators.

Residents seeking more information on Megan's Law can visit the Office of the Attorney General-Megan's Law web page at meganslaw.ca.gov/registration/law.htm.

If residents have concerns about a local registrant or situation, please contact Detective Lisa Madden at LMadden@townoftruckee.com.