This might just be the most glamorous mug shot of all time…no wonder Mick Jagger fell for him!
David Bowie, the English rock singer, was arrested early yesterday at the Americana Rochester Hotel on marijuana charges. Three other persons, including a Rochester woman, were arrested with him.
They were charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Police said they confiscated what they described as about half a pound of marijuana. The charge is a Class C felony, carrying a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
The Rochester woman was identified by police as Chiwah Soo, 20, of Owen Street.
The other two arrested were members of Bowie’s entourage, which appeared Saturday night at the Community War Memorial. The two were identified as James Osterberg, Jr., 28, of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Dwaine Vaughs, 22, of Brooklyn.
All four were freed on bond — at Bowie’s expense — and were to be arraigned in City Court this morning.
But Bowie, according to his attorney, left Rochester yesterday for a concert in Springfield, Mass.
Lawyer Thomas G. Presutti said there are heavy penalties when concert engagements are broken and he will “request the court’s indulgence” for Bowie’s absence. Bowie also has a concert scheduled in New Haven, Conn., and should be back in Rochester by Wednesday, Presutti said.
The four were arrested at 2:25 a.m. in a three-room suite in the hotel at 70 State St. by four city vice squad detectives and a State Police investigator.
They were held in the Monroe County Jail for a few hours. Bowie gave police his real last name, Jones, and listed his address as 89 Oakley St., London, England.
Presutti said he wanted Bowie out of jail early so he could drive to Springfield. The rock star had a fear of flying, he said.
Presutti contacted the district attorney who recommended bail at $2,000 each. That was approved by County Court Judge Andrew Celli about 7 a.m. Bowie’s bail was ordered in cash, and $2,000 in bond was set for the others.
None of the four had a prior arrest record, Presutti said.
- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | March 22 1976