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MMA Fighter Faked Death, Arrested for Armed Robbery

March 22, 2013

Here's a story you don't read about everyday...

Mixed martial arts promoters Christo Piliafas and Scott DiPonio say they were shocked to learn today of Charles Rowan's arrest for armed robbery and assault? because they were led to believe he died in a car accident last month.

Just two weeks ago, the promoters helped raise $1,000 to pay for Rowan's funeral, only to discover that his girlfriend, Rosalinda Martinez, clearly misled them.

After all, Martinez, Rowan and a friend were booked this afternoon after holding up a gun shop in Michigan Monday.

They were charged with three felonies, including assault with intent to murder because they left the gun shop owner a bloody mess.

?It made me sick to my stomach. I was furious. I was livid,? Piliafas said upon seeing Rowan's mug shot. ?It?s not so much about the money. It?s just how many people were involved in this scam.... The little bit that I knew [about] this kid, I never would have thought that he?d try to pull some Machiavelli crap like that.?

Rowan?s fifth career fight was scheduled for February in Traverse City. That evening, according to DiPonio said, Martinez called from Rowan?s phone number to inform him that her Rowan had been involved in a wreck on the way to the event and was dead.

Rowan has past convictions for failing to register as a sex offender and for attempted delivery and manufacture of pot.

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