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Friday, September 08, 2017 5:10 pm

20-year term issued in robbery, burglary string

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

One of two men charged in a string of violent robberies and burglaries last fall was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.

Reginald Bowers, 21, of the 6800 block of Richfield Court, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of burglary with a deadly weapon, three counts of robbery by taking property by force or threatening the use of force, one count of robbery by taking property by putting someone in fear and one count of battery with a deadly weapon.

Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck sentenced Bowers to a total of 34 years, with 20 years to be served behind bars and the remaining 14 years suspended.

Bowers and Mang Z. Suan, 19, were charged in a string of robberies and burglaries last fall. Suan, who is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 4, is charged with burglary with a deadly weapon, four counts of robbery by taking property by putting someone in fear and two counts of fraud.

During one of the robberies on Sept. 25, the victim went to answer his door about 3 a.m. expecting to find his girlfriend coming home. He was met with two armed men wearing dark hooded sweatshirts.

The two ordered him back inside apartment, pointing guns at him and ordering him to put away his dog or they would shoot the animal. The man was ordered to lie down on the floor and was hit on the head with a handgun several times.

The men demanded money and when the victim said he didn't have it, they struck him several times more about the head. They asked "where's the Crown?" when they saw several Royal Crown liquor bags and "where's the drugs?" when they noticed a small glass pipe.

The victim was worried his girlfriend would return, so he suggested they take his Xbox and two controllers, later found in Suan's apartment, according to court documents.

They also took the victim's wallet. The victim's girlfriend later said a bracelet and diamond stud earrings were also missing.

Police were able to trace the car used in the burglaries that belonged to another man.

After investigating several armed robberies, police learned Bowers and Suan were inside an apartment at the Three Fountains complex on Hessen Cassel.

About 4:30 a.m., police arrived at the complex and found the suspects' car in the parking lot. Officers tried to get the suspects to leave the apartment, but they refused and the department's Emergency Services Team and the Crisis Response Team were called in.

Bowers and Suan were arrested after the Emergency Services Team deployed a flash-bang device outside the apartment.