FORSYTH — Four people are in Taney County Jail for their alleged involvement in robbing and severely beating a tourist from Israel at a Branson hotel the day before Thanksgiving.
According to Taney County court documents, Monty Ray Barrows, 29, of Kirbyville; Michael Wayne Bowman, 31, of Hollister; Caryn Marie Crawford, 27, of Hollister; and Dallas Wade Rich, 23, of Branson, worked together to steal money and other items from the tourist, who was staying at the Willow Tree Inn on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway.
The documents state that Crawford knocked on the victim’s door to ask to use the phone because she and the others thought the victim would open his door for a woman. Once he did open his door, Barrows and Rich forcibly entered the room, with Barrows displaying a firearm, the documents stated.
Barrows used the gun to strike the victim several times in the face, documents state. The man suffered facial fractures including two broken orbital bones, according to the police. While the victim was being beaten, Rich stole property from him, including money, electronics, credit cards, a passport and other identification cards, documents stated.
Branson Police Chief Kent Crutcher said the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
“He spent a couple of days in the hospital and then he was released,” Crutcher said.
Bowman assisted in the crime by providing transportation, according to the documents. Bowman used his green 2000 Ford Mustang and was seen on a neighboring business’s closed-circuit TV in the car.
Crutcher said the victim was vacationing in Branson as part of a tour of the U.S. Crutcher declined to say how police tracked down those accused of the crime. He said there are aspects of the case on which he will not comment until the case is settled. However, he said the robbery was not random.
“There’s more to this story than that,” he said. “It was not just a random act.”
He also insisted the public was never in danger while the crime was being investigated. He did not immediately know when the four were arrested, but they were all charged Dec. 10.
Barrows, Rich, Crawford and Bowman are all charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Barrows, Crawford and Bowman are in Taney County Jail on $100,000 bonds. Rich is also in Taney County Jail, but with no bond.
According to court documents, Barrows was recently released from prison on probation and parole. According to the probable cause statement, Barrows is a convicted felon who posed an extreme danger to the community.
Rich, according to court documents, was on probation and parole for fraud and possession of a controlled substance.