No arrests have been made in connection to a quadruple homicide in Mandan and at least one downtown resident is pointing to people being more alert in the area.
“This is very disturbing for all of the businesses in town,” said Patti Regan, executive director of AID Inc. “It’s a sad situation.”
While it's “business as usual” for many downtown Mandan businesses and agencies following the discovery of four bodies at RJR Maintenance and Management Monday, Regan said she feels “everybody” in the community has a heightened sense of security, especially local businesses.
AID provides assistance with food and shelter, as well as utilities and housing expenses, for people who are at a “crucial time” in their lives, according to Regan.
“We see people in crisis. We see some pretty angry people, disillusioned and feeling hopeless,” she said, noting a client, perhaps, is seven months behind on rent at an expense of $750 per month. “They can be in a panic; they don’t know what to do. As an agency, we have to be very careful.”
In light of Monday’s incident, the self-help center and thrift shop is taking no extra safety measures because the agency already has several in place, according to Regan.
The Main Street building is equipped with security lights and cameras, and employees, who are taught a code word to use to signal for help, are not allowed to work alone. Regan says her team members also have been told never to stand between the door and an upset client.
“For us, it’s business as usual,” she said. “Keep handling the crisis.”
No extra safety measures have been implemented at Mandan’s M & H Gas Station, either, according to store manager Mary Junker, who said she hopes police catch whoever’s responsible for the deaths.
On Tuesday, Mandan police identified the homicide victims as RJR Maintenance and Management owner Robert Fakler, 52, and employees Adam Fuehrer, 42, Lois Cobb, 45, and William Cobb, 50.
According to Junker, the 24-hour convenience store is already well lit, more than one employee works the graveyard shift, access to the building is limited to the front entrance after dark, and police come and go, grabbing coffee, throughout the day.
Cashiers at the gas station declined to comment, on the record, about the multiple homicide, with one stating she wouldn’t feel comfortable having her name in print with the suspect still at large.
Butcher Block Meats and Guitar Lot on Main Street indicated they have not implemented any additional safety measures, with representatives from both stating they feel what they already have in place is adequate.
“Anything can happen at any given time. I have no control over people’s actions,” said Chris McCrory, owner of Guitar Lot. “It’s horrible that it happened. The horrible thing is for the families and what they’re going through.”