Rowles' Murder Suspect Arrested in Arizona

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Portsmouth police believe they have the suspect in the Fred Rowles murder in custody. Curtis Adrian Jordan was arrested this week in Coolidge, Arizona.

Jordan had a parole violation from the State of Ohio and several outstanding charges, including: attempted murder, felonious assault, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, having a weapon while being a felon and being a career violent offender.

He is being extradited back to Scioto County, Ohio.

Portsmouth Police Sgt. Jim Charles told Jordan will be interviewed when he arrives back in Ohio over the weekend about Rowles death.

Fred Rowles was killed with his own gun Dec. 28, 2009 in his tanning salon after walking across the street for coffee.

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Five months after the murder of a businessman in Portsmouth, there is still no one under arrest for the death of Fred Rowles.

Late last December, a few days after her beloved husband Fred was found shot and killed, Jill Rowles told WSAZ her wish.

"Put a sign right there," Jill Rowles said. "(Ask) who killed my husband."

About a week ago, the struggling widow did just that. Jill says she was compelled to show where Fred was murdered with his own gun, after he went across the street for two coffees. She was compelled to explain why the couple's built-from-scratch salon, tanning and extermination business was going up for auction.

"I can't afford the mortgage and take care of the kids and the doctor has me off work now," Rowles said.

Jill said she has been in and out of the hospital since Fred's murder, suffering complications from a broken heart.

"And I really miss him every day and I won't rest until there's justice," Rowles said.

Police want to re-interview a person of interest, Curtis Adrian Jordan, who fled town in January after police say he committed an unrelated assault and robbery.

"We have warrants for that crime and want to talk to him and see if he's involved in the Fred Rowles murder," Jim Charles, Detective with the Portsmouth Police Department, said.

Rowles and police believe Jordan is somewhere down south, but detectives say there are other "persons of interest."

Rowles is offering a reward of up to $3500.

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