Suspect remains hospitalized since March 11 robbery attempt
The Milford man accused of armed robbery at Barb's Corner Restaurant & Lounge will face charges once he recovers enough for a return to Iowa, according to Clay County authorities.
An investigation into 40-year-old Joshua Emerson Mandelkow began when witnesses at Barb's Corner on March 11 reported a male suspect who brandished a shotgun and demanded money from employees at the establishment. The employees complied with the suspect's demands.
Mandelkow is then suspected of leaving Barb's Corner in a silver vehicle and began heading north. A vehicle matching a description of the suspect's vehicle was spotted by a citizen approximately 7 miles west of Fostoria.
Mandelkow continued north into Dickinson County, with authorities in pursuit, before slowing and sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He was transported to Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake, then transferred to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, for additional treatment.
"At this time, no charges have been filed, Chief Deputy Bradley A. Hawley of the Clay County Sheriff's Office said on Tuesday. "That is due to his medical condition. Once we've filed charges and take him into custody, then we become responsible for his ongoing medical (needs). So until he is released from the medical facility, we have no intention of filing charges."
Hawley said the sheriff's office remains in touch with family members, the Clay County Attorney's Office and social workers at the medical facility in Minnesota "so he's not off our radar."
"He'll face the system for sure," Hawley said.
The Iowa Divisions of Criminal Investigation and Clay County Attorney's Office are continuing the investigation.