Bauer enters plea

Armed robbery suspect says he’s not guilty

KINGMAN - A Golden Valley man charged with the armed robbery of the Uptown Drug store in Golden Valley pleaded not guilty before Mohave County Judge Steven F. Conn on Tuesday.

Cordon Ree Bauer II, 34, is charged with armed robbery, armed kidnapping, two counts of attempted second-degree murder of police officers, four counts of aggravated assault of police officers and misconduct involving weapons.

At 8:30 a.m. on Friday, there will be a motion to review release conditions hearing on Bauer's $850,000 bond where Conn could decide to reduce or uphold the amount. Bauer will also have a case management hearing at 10 a.m. on Jan. 16.

The felony charges resulted from an incident on Dec. 1 when Bauer allegedly tried to rob the store of money and drugs.

If found guilty of the Class 2 felony charges of armed robbery, armed kidnapping, attempted second-degree murder or aggravated assault, Bauer could face seven to 21 years of prison time on each charge. If found guilty of the Class 4 felony charge of misconduct involving weapons, he could face one year to three years and nine months in prison.

According to police reports, Bauer allegedly entered the building through the roof, where he had been waiting since 3 a.m. He dropped out of a heating and cooling vent in the ceiling and confronted a pharmacist and clerk with a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun before the store opened at 9 a.m. About 8:54 a.m., the Mohave County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene in the 4200 block of Highway 68 in regard to an armed robbery in progress call.

Katherine May Haas, Shelia Reeves, Annette Renee Wilson and James R. Hefner were in the business when Bauer demanded cash and "the good drugs." Hefner gave him Percocet and Vicodin.

Bauer then allegedly forced Hefner to open the front door and told him to pull up a car in which he could flee. When Hefner opened the door, he shouted at people outside to "run, he has a gun," according to the Kingman Police Department.

MCSO Detective Larry Matthews and Sgt. Dean McKie were on scene and approached the door when Bauer exited the building and fired 13 rounds at them. MCSO Detective Charlie Lairson, Sgt. Randy McNally and Matthews fired at Bauer and he was hit by at least three bullets.

His wounds were not deemed life threatening and he was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center, where KPD detectives were able to interview him before he was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Mohave County Sheriff's deputies took him into custody on Dec. 4 after being released from the UMC.

Nobody inside the business was injured, nor were any law enforcement personnel hurt.

Bauer is also facing a fugitive from justice felony warrant issued out of Clark County in Nevada.

Bauer's wife, Angela Gail Bauer, was initially indicted as a co-defendant in the armed robbery by the Mohave County Attorney's Office. She is out on a $10,000 bond.

According to court documents, she admitted to MCSO during an interview Bauer had called her while on the roof of the store, explaining his intention to rob it. She went on to say she had tried to convince him not to do it.