MMA Fighter Charles Rowan is facing charges of armed robbery and assault with intent to commit murder in the town of Gladwin, Michigan, which is located about 160 miles northwest of Detroit.
What makes this story particularly unusual is that in February, Rowan was supposedly killed in a fatal car accident on his way to Traverse City, Michigan, where he was scheduled to compete in a fight. The night of that fight, Rowan’s girlfriend, Rosalinda Martinez, had called fight promoter Scott DiPonio from her boyfriend’s phone, telling him that Rowan had died in a car accident.
DiPonio is the owner of the Diamond D fight team; he discovered the ruse when he saw Rowan’s mug shot on television. DiPonio said, “I almost passed out. It was literally that bad. It took me literally an hour until I could actually focus and think again.”
Two weeks prior, DiPonio had helped to raise $1,350 through a benefit event called “Fight for Charlie.” Rowan’s friend, Michael Bowman, who was also charged in the robbery and assault along with Rowan’s girlfriend, Rosalinda, met with DiPonio to collect the money. “[He] came and looked me right in the eyes, took the cash, cried, came to my house and stayed the night,” DiPonio said.
Rowan, along with his two co-conspirators, was arraigned on Friday, March 22nd, in Gladwin District Court. All three remain in jail at this time. Richard Robinette, the owner of Guns and Stuff in Sage Township, was beaten severely. As of Friday, he remained in serious but stable condition in a Flint, Michigan hospital.