Mandelkow receives new trial date

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Lake Park man accused of armed robbery at Barb's Restaurant & Lounge near Everly has received a new trial date.

On Monday, Judge David Lester set a new court date for Joshua Emerson Mandelkow after the defendant entered a "not guilty" plea and withdrew his right to a speedy trial on Aug. 2.

The new court date is set for Oct. 18, with a pretrial conference slated for Sept. 13. The original court date was Aug. 16.

Mandelkow was charged with first-degree robbery, going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. He was arrested June 24 and formal charges were filed July 1.

Authorities think Mandelkow brandished a shotgun and demanded money from employees on March 11 at Barb's Restaurant & Lounge.

Mandelkow is then suspected of leaving the rural Everly establishment in a silver vehicle. 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.

The injury delayed formal charges for two months and the 40-year-old was transported to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for continued treatment.

The first-degree armed robbery charge is a Class B felony. Mandelkow would have to serve 70 percent of a 25-year sentence if convicted. The lesser-included charges of going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon are Class D felonies.

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