Hefty bails after break-in
The second suspect in the Jan. 27 Alta Sierra home invasion and armed robbery will have to come up with $500,000 if he wants to get out of Nevada County jail before his next court date in three weeks.
Mark Dewayne Bowden, 23, of Grass Valley, was arraigned in court Wednesday. He will face the same charges as his alleged accomplice, Terry Pettigrew: First-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, grand theft and two counts of being a felon convicted of narcotic addiction in possession of a firearm.
Bowden and Pettigrew, 22, are suspected of entering the home of Richard R. Mayer, 49, Jan. 27, hitting him on the head with a golf club and robbing him at gunpoint. They reportedly stole a jar of coins and casino chips. Mayer was Pettigrew’s employer three years ago.
The sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force determined that Bowden was a suspect and pinpointed his location Jan. 30 in North Highlands, in Sacramento County. When they attempted to arrest him, Bowden fled in a car after ramming sheriff’s cruisers and a semitrailer, injuring one of the officers. Then he took off on foot before being tackled and subdued.
Pettigrew was arrested Jan. 29 after leading officers on a short pursuit through downtown Nevada City before crashing his car on Bridge Street near Deer Creek. After the crash, Pettigrew escaped across the creek, starting a five-hour manhunt.
When he was located, Pettigrew reportedly tried to run but was blocked by a sheriff’s cruiser. He was taken into custody after a short struggle.
Sheriff Keith Royal said Pettigrew was found with coins and other evidence that may link him to Tuesday’s home invasion.
Lt. Tom Carrington said the sheriff’s office was recommending a charge of assault with a deadly weapon for Pettigrew’s alleged attempt to hit officers with his car in the Bonanza Market parking lot after they pulled him over Jan. 29.
His bail was also set at $500,000.
Bowden also will be charged in Sacramento County with reckless driving, resisting arrest, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled-substance paraphernalia.
The drug charges stem from a search by investigators of the North Highlands apartment he was staying in, which produced methamphetamines and anabolic steroids.
Both Bowden and Pettigrew will next be in court on Feb. 26 for a felony conference, where they will have a chance to enter pleas. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for both for March 4.
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