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Trio charged in connection with gun shop robbery

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Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 4:19 pm

GLADWIN COUNTY – The three people arrested in connection with the robbery at Guns and Stuff on Chappel Dam Road were formally charged in 80th District Court Friday.

Charles Rowan, Rosalinda Martinez and Michael Robert Bowman were arraigned in 80th District Court March 22.

Rowan, Martinez and Bowman were each charged with one count of Assault With Intent to Murder; one count of Armed Robbery; one count of Armed Robbery-Conspiracy; and one count of Weapons-Felony Firearm.

Rowan was charged with Habitual Offender-Third Offense. His bond was set at $500,000.

Bowman was also charged with Habitual Offender-Fourth Offense.

Martinez’ and Bowman’s bond was set for $250,000 each.

A Preliminary Hearing is set for April 1 at 9 a.m. in 80th District Court.

Rowan and Martinez were arrested Wednesday, March 20 in the Unionville Sebewaing area. Officers from the Gladwin County Sheriff Department, assisted by the ATF, made the arrests.

The Sheriff Department and ATF also executed search warrants in both Gladwin County and Saginaw, obtaining several pieces of evidence relating to the robbery, including handguns that were stolen during the robbery.

Bowman was identified and arrested in Gladwin County later that night.

The incident occurred on Monday, March 18 at approximately 2 p.m. when an emergency call was received by Gladwin County Central Dispatch. The female caller, later identified as Martinez, advised that she was at a gun shop located on Chappel Dam Road, and that it had just been robbed.

Sheriff Deputies responded to the scene to find the owner of the shop, Dick Robinette, lying on the floor with head injuries. He remains hospitalized at Hurley Medical Center.

This isn’t the first time Rowan and Bowman have been in trouble with the law.

The Michigan Department of Corrections lists Charles Howard Rowan as having absconded on Jan. 10, 2013. His past charges include Uttering and Publishing, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, and Controlled Substance Manufacture/Delivery-Marijuana.

Officials also say that Rowan, who was an MMA Cage Fighter, was also involved in a scheme recently where he faked his own death.

According to information from an article by Zac Britton published in the Petoskey News-Review, Michael Bowman served one year and 11 months on a Breaking and Entering charge, and two years for a Criminal Enterprise charge in connection with a series of breaking and enterings to residences in Emmet County.

Bowman, along with two others, reportedly damaged property, stole property, money, drugs and other items, and used a handgun to shoot several deer along M-119, according to the Petoskey News-Review article.

Records from the Michigan Department of Corrections show a release date of Jan. 18, 2013, for Bowman – just little more than two months ago.

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