Break-in suspects’ hearing set |

Break-in suspects’ hearing set

Two men accused of a Jan. 27 home invasion near Alta Sierra and nabbed in separate manhunts will share their next court date.

Thursday, suspects Mark Bowden and Terry Pettigrew had a dual preliminary hearing confirmed for 9 a.m., March 4, in Nevada County Superior Court. They are accused of entering the home of Richard Mayer, 49, hitting him over the head with a golf club and robbing him at gunpoint.

Bowden, 23, and Pettigrew, 22, both of Nevada County, will face charges of robbery, burglary, grand theft, assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm. At the preliminary hearing, a judge will hear evidence to decide if those crimes were committed and if there is a likelihood that Bowden and Pettigrew committed them. They could then be bound over for trial.

Pettigrew will also be charged with two more counts of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly trying to strike officers with his car when they approached him in the Bonanza Market parking lot in Nevada City Jan. 29. Police say Pettigrew then sped off and crashed his car at the end of Bridge Street, next to Deer Creek.

According to police, Pettigrew fled across the creek, starting a five-hour manhunt. He was caught and arrested behind the gas station at the corner of Sacramento Street and Adams Street in Nevada City.

Bowden was caught the following day in Sacramento County after police staked him out at a North Highlands residence. Bowden allegedly rammed police cars trying to flee, but was arrested and returned to Nevada County.

Bowden will face charges in Sacramento County of reckless driving, assault with a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest for his alleged escape attempt. Charges of drug possession and having drug paraphernalia were also added against him after police found methamphetamine and steroids in the North Highlands home.

Both suspects remained in the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada County on a $500,000 bail.

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