BISMARCK — A man escaped from a residential reentry program in Mandan prior to attempting to rob a bank Wednesday in Bismarck, according to a prosecutor.
Rondal Heitsch, 54, has been charged with felony counts of robbery and terrorizing, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Heitsch entered Starion Bank Wednesday morning, April 24, demanded $50,000 in cash and said he had an explosive device in a bag, court documents say.
Before his arrest Wednesday, Heitsch was convicted in federal court of robbing Bremer Bank in Bismarck in 2016. He was sentenced to about five years in custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Heitsch was released from custody Tuesday and placed at Centre Inc. in Mandan for the term of his probation, Burleigh County State's Attorney Julie Lawyer said Thursday at Heitsch's initial court appearance.
Heitsch left the reentry center without permission and was considered to have absconded, Lawyer said.
In recommending his bond, Lawyer mentioned Heitsch's criminal history, which dates back to 1983 and includes burglaries and escape from custody.
Heitsch did not add anything when South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick asked him about what his bond should be.
Romanick set Heitsch's bond at $250,000.