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Alleged accomplice charged with attempted murder

MINOT, N.D.—A 26-year-old Minot man is now charged with accomplice to attempted murder, a Class A felony, in the shooting of a man at a Minot residence on Jan. 7.

Randolph Dashiell Garbutt had previously been charged with robbery and burglary, both Class B felonies, in connection with a weekend crime spree.

Garbutt is being held on $1 million bond in the Ward County Jail.

Garbutt was an alleged accomplice to Javontez Denane Barnes, 24, who is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and robbery and burglary and is also being held on $1 million bond.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Garbutt and Barnes went to a south Minot apartment in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, possibly to buy marijuana. The woman answered a knock on the door. She thought it was a friend who had previously been at the apartment, but it turned out to be Garbutt and Barnes. After a series of confrontations and what the affidavit said was ransacking of the apartment, the woman and a main the apartment were attacked.

The mother of the male resident of the apartment, who lived in the same building, called police after she heard a gunshot and went to investigate. The mant was found bleeding on the floor. He had been shot through both of his lungs and his spinal cord. The man's female roommate was found unconscious on the floor. She was later found to have broken bones in her face after Garbutt told police she had been "pistol whipped" and that her face was stomped on when she was on the floor..

Earlier, at 3:38 a.m. on Jan. 7, the two men reportedly tried to rob the Cash Wise grocery store at gunpoint. The clerk refused to give them any money and the men left the store and drove away.

A preliminary hearing for both Barnes and Garbutt is scheduled for Feb. 16 in district court in Minot.

(MDN)

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