Brunswick Police Sgt. Michael Davis repeatedly tried to assure an alleged St. Simons Island dope dealer that he was a cop, not the man who had robbed him of cash and pot last month, according to Glynn County Police.
Police say Clayton Rowland Cowman Jr., 18, allegedly threatened Davis and other police officers via cellphone last week, and allegedly advised them to be armed to protect themselves against him, Glynn County Police said. The officers confirmed to Cowman that they were indeed armed with guns — not to mention badges — before arresting him Dec. 13 at his residence at 403 Magnolia Ave., on St. Simons Island.
Cowman remained Wednesday in the Glynn County Detention Center, charged with three counts of making terroristic threats and acts, as well as one count each of use of communications in the commission of a drug-related felony and making harassing phone calls, according to jail records.
Davis is a member of the multiagency Glynn-Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team. Cowman allegedly called Davis’ private cellphone. Someone had apparently provided Cowman with Davis’ phone number and convinced him it belonged to the man who allegedly robbed him of his dope, said county police Sgt. Brian Scott in a press release.
On the afternoon of Nov. 19, Cowman was met by a gun to his head when he answered a knock at the door of the Magnolia Avenue, a police report said. The robber allegedly left with up to $1,000 cash, more than a pound of marijuana and a plastic container full of an oily marijuana substance known as “wax,” according to a Glynn County Police Report.
Initially, police said, Cowman told them he was robbed of cash and a North Face backpack containing school supplies. Based on a strong smell of marijuana in the house, police delved further into the nature of the robbery, after which Cowman allegedly admitted the robber stole his dope.
Davis allegedly began receiving calls from Cowman on Dec. 12, county police said.
“The caller began threatening to do harm to Sgt. Davis,” county police said. “Even after being told he must have the wrong number, the caller repeatedly called Sgt. Davis’s cellular telephone, threatening him.”
Cowman allegedly warned Davis to be “strapped,” a street term for carrying a gun, the release said. Two other GBNET officers heard the calls, police said. Davis allegedly told Cowman “several times to stop calling, and that the people he was communicating with were police officers,” the report said.
Finally, Cowman allegedly arranged video conferencing on his phone, during which Davis showed him patrol cars in the parking lot “as well as officers’ badges and guns,” police said. Cowman immediately “hung up on Sgt. Davis and blocked him from being able to call back,” police said.
Police obtained warrants on the above-listed charges and arrested Cowman at his home.
“At the time of his arrest Cowman stated he thought Sgt. Davis was the person who robbed him, and that he did not believe the investigators to actually be police officers until he was shown the patrol cars, badges and guns,” police said.