Suspected ‘ninja robber’ has East Texas, Mafia ties - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Suspected ‘ninja robber’ has East Texas, Mafia ties

Frank Bower, Andres Perez, and Johnathan Contreras mug shots. (Source: Orange Co. jail) Frank Bower, Andres Perez, and Johnathan Contreras mug shots. (Source: Orange Co. jail)
Frank Bower mugshot 2014, left, and from our 2004 interview, right. (Source: KLTV news staff) Frank Bower mugshot 2014, left, and from our 2004 interview, right. (Source: KLTV news staff)
(KLTV) -

There has been a possible break in the hunt to find the home invaders dressed like ninjas.

Yesterday, the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Florida arrested three men: Frank Bower, Johnathan Contreras, and Andres Perez. Investigators say the three broke into a multi-million dollar home, tied up the owner, and robbed him.

Sound familiar?

That's because that is exactly what happened in two East Texas homes last month. First, in Rusk County, then in Gregg.

In fact, Florida officials say two of the three suspects arrested have ties to East Texas. Investigators called the Rusk County Sheriff's office as well as the Gregg County Sheriff's office because they saw our stories about the home invasions.

Now, we know that Bower has East Texas ties. In fact, we interviewed him ten years ago for a story. At that time, Bower told us about how he and his family had moved from Florida to Rusk County to start a rehab center for people getting out of prison. That center was called Family Prayer Center Rehab.

Back then, Bower told us he used to be a bodyguard for mob boss John Gotti. He told us that he had left his life of crime, and had become a minister. You can read that story here.

Investigators in Florida are looking into the possibility the three suspects are connected to other home invasion robberies across their state. KLTV is closely monitoring this story, and will have more for you as soon as it becomes available.

Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • New dress code in place for employees of Jeff Davis Parish School Board

    New dress code in place for employees of Jeff Davis Parish School Board

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 5:59 PM EDT2017-05-23 21:59:34 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)
    For the past 17 years, students in Jeff Davis Parish have had a dress code. Coming this Fall, school board employees will have one as well. Under the approved dress code policy, the following attire is deemed unacceptable: No open shoulder and sleeveless garments, no denim except on casual days, no body and face piercings and employees will must keep a natural hair color. Superintendent Kirk Credeur addressed the hair color rule. "By natural color, it doesn't mean their parti...More >>
    For the past 17 years, students in Jeff Davis Parish have had a dress code. Coming this Fall, school board employees will have one as well. Under the approved dress code policy, the following attire is deemed unacceptable: No open shoulder and sleeveless garments, no denim except on casual days, no body and face piercings and employees will must keep a natural hair color. Superintendent Kirk Credeur addressed the hair color rule. "By natural color, it doesn't mean their parti...More >>
  • Woman dedicates long hours to help Westlake school

    Woman dedicates long hours to help Westlake school

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 5:36 PM EDT2017-05-23 21:36:18 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    When it comes to shift work, 12-hour shifts are not uncommon, but for one school volunteer that's the norm.  

    More >>

    When it comes to shift work, 12-hour shifts are not uncommon, but for one school volunteer that's the norm.  

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold front arrives tonight with storms possible, lower humidity the next few days

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold front arrives tonight with storms possible, lower humidity the next few days

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 5:04 PM EDT2017-05-23 21:04:10 GMT
    Less humid Wednesday!Less humid Wednesday!

    A cold front will move through Southwest Louisiana late Tuesday or early Wednesday.  This will bring noticeably drier air back to our area and that means we get a break from the humidity!  But it will also bring scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight.  The timing looks to be between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Wednesday.  The risk of severe weather is very low, but like last night, it is not zero!

    More >>

    A cold front will move through Southwest Louisiana late Tuesday or early Wednesday.  This will bring noticeably drier air back to our area and that means we get a break from the humidity!  But it will also bring scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight.  The timing looks to be between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Wednesday.  The risk of severe weather is very low, but like last night, it is not zero!

    More >>
Powered by Frankly