SAN FRANCISCO–The United States Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of California announced in a press release on Friday, February 3, that April Myres, 52, a San Francisco Sheriff’s deputy, was arrested after she reportedly gave her duty pistol to her boyfriend, Antoine Fowler, 32, a former detainee. Myres and Fowler are said to have had a relationship while Fowler was imprisoned.
Myres and Fowler reportedly met in the prison’s gym as he and his cellmate were granted access at different hours than other detainees, which allowed the two to meet and form a private relationship. Fowler’s cellmate informed reporters that he had heard Myres agree to give Fowler a gun following his release on January 11, 2016.
On March 25, 2016, Myres, a 20-year veteran of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, claimed that her San Francisco home had been burglarized and, in the process, her pistol (a Glock 17 9mm pistol), according to the District Attorney’s office was stolen. She reported that a number of personal items including, body armor, a radio, and handcuffs (issued by the Sheriff’s Department), Versace, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel handbags and Gucci shoes, were also missing.
On Thursday, February 2, 2017, authorities confirmed that the burglary never occurred, as FBI agents who searched her house found the items which Myres had claimed were stolen. According to reports, she was incarcerated and charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, and conspiracy. She was held on a $1 million bond and, if convicted, will face up to 20 years in prison.
FBI agents also arrested Fowler on Thursday after pulling him over in Oakland and finding the gun in his vehicle. He noted that Myres had given the firearm to him. He was charged for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He could be sentenced to up to 10 years.