Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office

Man Who Crashed Stolen LAPD Cruiser in 2012 Charged in Strangling Death of Boyfriend

A man who lost both of his legs after crashing a stolen police cruiser in 2012 was charged with murder Tuesday in the strangling death of his boyfriend in their Echo Park residence last week, prosecutors said.

Nicholas James Bowling, 28, was charged with one count of murder for allegedly killing his boyfriend, identified only as 48-year-old Frank R., after the two allegedly got into a domestic dispute on Friday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

Bowling is scheduled to be arraigned at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles. His bail will be set at $2 million, prosecutors said.

If convicted, Bowling faces up to life in prison, prosecutors said.

In August 2012, Bowling lost both his legs after stealing an LAPD car and crashing it into a utility pole and a Mid-City Starbucks. 

The crash caused "the most damage I've ever seen to a black-and-white police car in 24 years," said Andrew Smith, LAPD commander at the time.

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