Bond lowered for suspect in January crime spree in Minot

MINOT, N.D. - A judge has agreed to lower the bond for a suspect facing a series of charges in a January crime spree in Minot.

The judge has lowered the cash bond for 25-year-old Javontez Barnes from $1 million to $250,000.

Investigators say that in early January Barnes assaulted a woman, fired several shots at an apartment complex, failed in an attempt to rob Minot’s Cash Wise Foods grocery store at gunpoint, and later shot a man in the spine, paralyzing him.

Barnes faces eight felony counts in two separate case files, including attempted murder.

He remains in custody in Ward County pending his next court appearance.

A second suspect in the attempted robbery, 27-year-old Randolph Garbutt, pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery but will stand trial in other charges in February. He is currently incarcerated at the North Dakota State Penitentiary.