Three charged with assault, robbery of Gladwin gun shop

By Pat Maurer

Review Correspondent

Three suspects, all of Gladwin, have been arrested and arraigned for the March 18 assault and robbery at “Guns and Stuff” a small business at 895 Chappel Dam Road in Gladwin County’s Sage Township.

Gladwin County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested one man, Michael Robert Bowman, 21, in Gladwin County. The other two, originally sought for questioning, were Rosalinda Martinez, 30, and Charles Howard Rowan, 25, both arrested in the Unionville/ Sebewaing area on March 20.

All three were arraigned for assault, attempted murder and robbery in 80th District Court March 22.

Rowan faces four counts: Assault with intent to Murder; Armed Robbery; Conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery and Felony Firearms charges plus a third offense Habitual Offender charge. His bond was set at $500,000 Cash/Surety.

Bowman faces four counts including Assault with intent to Murder; Armed Robbery; Conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery and Felony Firearms charge plus a fourth offense Habitual Offender charge. His bond was set at $250,000 Cash/Surety.

Martinez also faces four counts: Assault with intent to Murder; Armed Robbery; Conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery; and Felony Firearms charges. Her bond was set at $250,000 Cash/Surety.

As of Tuesday, none of the three had posted bond and all remained incarcerated at the Gladwin County Jail.

According to an earlier release, Gladwin County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call from a woman at the gun shop around 2 p.m. Monday, March 18 saying the gun shop had just been robbed.

Deputies arriving at the scene found the suspect had fled and the gun shop owner, Richard Robinette, lying on the floor of the shop with head injuries.

The shop is located just outside the city in a shed next to the owner’s home. Reportedly one of the robbers had hit Robinette during the robbery.

Robinette was taken to MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin and from there transferred to Hurley Medical Center in Flint for treatment.  As of Tuesday, he remained hospitalized but had been upgraded from critical to stable condition.

Deputies were assisted by the Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State Police Troopers, Gladwin City Police and Clare County Sheriff’s Department K-9 teams, who attempted to track the suspects.

Evidence at the scene led investigators to Rowan and Martinez then to Bowman.

Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives helped investigators determine what was taken. Some of the guns stolen were recovered, according to later information.

Both Bowman and Rowan have records.

Bowman had been incarcerated for breaking and entering and “Criminal Enterprise” in connection with breaking and entering in Emmett County. He was released January 18.

Rowan also has a record including charges of Uttering/Publishing; Failure to Register as a Sex Offender; Drug possession charges and he had reportedly recently faked his own death according to news reports.

A preliminary exam has been scheduled for all three on April 1 at 9 a.m. in 80th District Court.

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