Clarkton man in jail for attempted kidnapping of 13-year-old girl

Josh Smart
Josh Smart
Clarkton man in jail for attempted kidnapping of 13-year-old girl
By: Ryan Tate
CLARKTON, Mo. - Clarkton Police arrested 29-year-old Travis McGowin for trying to abduct a 13-year-old girl.  Prosecutors charge McGowin with a class B felony of attempted kidnapping, class C second degree assault, class D unlawful use of exhibiting a weapon and armed criminal action. He sits in the Dunklin County Jail on $75,000 cash only bond.
Investigators say McGowin started talking with three girls, ages 13,12, and 8. The girls tell Heartland News McGowin started talking to them, but they did not understand what he was saying.
At the same time, Josh Smart came out of his house, after hearing all of the noise. "I was having dinner and I heard the girls, and some dude, so I came out and started listening," Smart said.

McGowin allegedly started grabbing the girls, and grabbed the 13-year-old by the arm. "He grabbed my arm and held it tight and started walking backwards with me, but we only got a few feet," Amber Romine said.

"I intervened. I walked up to him and told him to leave and sent the girls into the house," Smart said.
Smart says McGowin pulled a knife, and cut Smart in the hand. Later that night, police arrested McGowin.