WAYNESBORO Waynesboro police are requesting help finding a convicted felon who has a history of firearms, assault and drug charges.
Bowie Robert Hoyt, 27, is wanted on two probation violations from Waynesboro Circuit Court that are related to his 2012 convictions of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II drug, assault and battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
A charge of possession of a firearm while in possession of a Schedule II drug was dropped at the time.
The charges stem from an incident on May 16, 2012 in the 700 block of Sherwood Ave in which Hoyt stabbed another individual. After the assault, Hoyt was at large for 12 days before he was arrested on May 28, 2012 in Waynesboro. At the time of his arrest, he had a semi-automatic firearm and the drugs in his possession.
Hoyt was sentenced to eight years in prison, with five suspended. He was given an early release on Sept. 2, 2014 and essentially fell of the map by no longer seeing his probation officer, according to Sgt. Brian Edwards with the Waynesboro Police Department.
Police consider him one of the most wanted individuals they are searching for due to his past involvements with guns, drugs and violence.
Hoyt is 5-feet-6-inches tall, weighs about 130 pounds and has a distinguishing feature, a lazy left eye. His last known address is Harrisonburg.
As of now, police have no information to think that he is armed, but they do believe that he is desperate, which could lead to a violent situation. They believe he will do anything to avoid being recaptured.
Edwards said that most of the department's lead have dried up and they haven't had any reported sightings.
If anyone has information concerning his whereabouts, please contact the Waynesboro Police Department at (540) 942-6675 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-2017. Police are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest.