Shortly after the Stringtown incident, Bonnie, Clyde and Raymond Hamilton turned up in Carlsbad, New Mexico to spend some time with Bonnie's aunt, Mrs. E. M. Stamps. They arrived in town in a new car which they had recently stolen. In those days, anyone driving around in a new car, especially young strangers in a small farm community would be subject to a second glance. Their presence there had attracted the attention of Eddy County Deputy Sheriff Joe Johns who did a make on the car's license number and discovered it stolen. This was on a Saturday. On Sunday, the following day, they were preparing to make homemade ice cream at the Stamps farm so Raymond went into town to get some ice. Johns saw the car again and followed it back to the Stamps place, and went to the door. Bonnie had answered his knock and he had asked her who the car belonged to. Bonnie coyly told him that it belonged to a couple of boys staying there and said that they were getting dressed and that she would go get them. While waiting for them to come out, he decided to go over to the car and investigate further. First, he had peered in through the windows of the locked car and as he was trying to open the trunk in which the guns were stored, So as to be out of sight of Bonnie's unsuspecting aunt, Clyde armed himself with a shotgun he had found in the house and he and Raymond ran around the side of the house and had overtaken the surprised lawman and relieved him of his service revolver. Whether intentionally or by accident, the shotgun discharged, just missing the officer's head and blowing away his hat. Clyde called to Bonnie to get in the car and together they all took off, taking the Deputy Sheriff with them. They drove to San Antonio before releasing their hostage. Word had gotten around town that Johns had been killed by his abductors and when the body of a hitchhiker was discovered on the roadside it was thought to be the body of the missing lawman. The town was relieved when they got word that the lawman had been released unharmed.