Mandan News

Not guilty plea entered in Mandan liquor store robbery

By Jenny Michael, Lee News

A Garrison man accused of robbing a Mandan liquor store has pleaded not guilty.

Thomas Eagle, 28, pleaded not guilty on Monday to Class B felony robbery, Class C felony theft of property and Class C felony preventing arrest. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 12.

According to a statement from Mandan police, a man entered Captain Jack’s Liquor Land, 101 Sixth Ave. N.E., at 3:20 p.m. Aug. 29, displayed a knife and demanded money.

The man left the story on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Employees, who were not injured, called police.

A Mandan police officer spotted the man and pursued him as he fled the store. The officer arrested the man, identified as Eagle, without incident following the pursuit.

Eagle was sentenced in 2005 in federal court to nine years in prison for robbing a convenience store on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. In that case, Eagle entered a convenience store brandishing a 12-gauge shotgun and demanded money from a clerk. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he was released from custody on March 1.