ELKHART — A man and woman have been charged with robbery and other crimes after an incident at a Jimtown convenience store, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday.
Kathleen Brown, 20, and Maison Bowman, 21, entered the Jimtown Mobil at 29026 C.R. 20 about 3:30 a.m. Monday, police said.
According to court documents, Bowman had gone to the store to buy cigars and had become angry when he was asked for ID. Bowman began knocking items of shelves and throwing them across the floor, while yelling and calling the employees “Arabs.”
Bowman then went outside and grabbed a large ash container, smashing it to the ground, before entering the store again and accusing the employees of having stolen his glasses, police were told. He then grabbed a cookie from a display shelf and left the store.
Police began arriving at 3:41 a.m. The first deputy at the scene arrested Bowman, while another arrested Brown.
A deputy recognized Brown’s name from having spoken to her father a few hours earlier. The father had reported not having seen his daughter for six months until receiving a phone call from her on June 30. He told police she had said she was hungry and had nothing to eat. Court records state the father had then visited Brown’s Elkhart apartment and witnessed three transactions with money being given to Brown for an unknown type of pill. Brown’s father had told police because he didn’t know what to do and because he was concerned about her well-being, as she was not acting in a normal fashion, court documents said.
At the Jimtown Mobil, police reported a “strong odor of raw marijuana” from the suspects’ vehicle and said they saw drug paraphernalia in plain sight. Brown allegedly told police she had meant to destroy the glass bowl since she and Bowman had been arrested by Elkhart police for possession of marijuana two weeks earlier. She said she had not smoked marijuana since then, and that no illegal drugs would be found in the vehicle.
However, a K-9 service dog assisted police in finding marijuana, 107 tablets of Xanax and additional drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, according to court documents. Police also found a pair of glasses, which turned out to belong to Bowman.
While police searched the vehicle, Brown slipped out of her handcuffs and attempted to escape, the report said.
Brown and Bowman were incarcerated at the Elkhart County Jail.
Brown is charged with the misdemeanor of resisting law enforcement, attempting escape, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and dealing a controlled substance, as well as robbery, a felony.
Bowman was charged with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and robbery, a felony.