Robberies in Mandan
By Dustin White
Mandan News, editor
A shooting of a man in Dickinson had its origins in a string of burglaries in Mandan.
On June 20, Mandan police had received three reports of burglaries, and one attempted, to businesses in the area.
Gaining entrance by breaking out glass doors, Fried’s Family Restaurant, Bonanza and Dakota Siding and Windows were entered. A failed attempt was also made at the Hideway, but no entry was reported.
Stolen items included cash and a safe from Fried’s Family Restaurant, two donation collection jars from Bonanza and a stolen pickup from Dakota Siding and Windows.
Having left Mandan for Dickinson, the stolen pickup was identified after a 911 call had reported possible gunshots at 6:23 a.m. on Saturday, June 21.
Shortly later, a police officer spotted a Dodge pickup, which matched the description of the one leaving the scene of the shooting. It was discovered that this same pickup was the one that had been reported stolen just the day before in Mandan.
The police officer was only able to get within a few blocks, as the pickup had accelerated. However, the driver of the vehicle, who was identified as Timothy Ray Bowling, left the pickup and fled on foot.
After having used the reverse 911 system to warn the neighborhood, the police were able to, with the help of the Southwest Tactical Team, search the area. Surrounding the area where Bowling, they checked a home on the 1000 block of Carroll Street, in Dickinson, where he was known to have acquaintances.
Attempting to flee from the residence, Bowling confronted officers outside of the home, and the incident led to him being shot.
Bowling was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he later died.
The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, following procedure in such cases, has been called to review the shooting. Currently, the police officer involved is on paid administrative leave, pending outcome of the investigation.
Bowling was facing charges, according to court documents, of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary in Stark County. He was also on probation for a Burleigh County case where he was convicted of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school.
Following a string of burglaries of the last several weeks, the Mandan Police have had additional vehicles being reported of having been entered. Five vehicles, primarily in the northeast part of town, were said to have been entered on Sunday, June 22.
In two incidents, there were no items in which were reported to have been stolen. In the other cases, cash, a purse, a phone charger and an auto emergency kit was missing. With all of the cases, there was no sign of forced entry.
In conjunction with these reports, the Mandan Police are reminding individuals to remember to lock their doors on all of their vehicles, as well as to not leave valuables inside them.