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Published December 18, 2012, 09:30 PM

Charges Dropped for Alleged Grand Forks Robbers

Two men arrested last week in Fargo after a woman reported they assaulted and robbed her in Grand Forks had charges against them dismissed Monday in state district court in Grand Forks.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

Two men arrested last week in Fargo after a woman reported they assaulted and robbed her in Grand Forks had charges against them dismissed Monday in state district court in Grand Forks.

That’s because the investigation into the allegations continues, not because William Antoine Dontae Meadows and Semereab Tesfaye have been cleared of the accusations, said prosecutor Carmell Mattison.

She had charged Meadows, 35, and Tesfaye, 24, with robbery, aggravated assault and terrorizing on Dec. 12, the day after the alleged attack. Each is a felony with a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Based on the woman’s description of the men and their vehicle, Meadows and Tesfaye were arrested by a state trooper near Fargo a half hour after the woman called 911.

With them was Kia Yang, 26.

Meadows, Tesfaye and Yang were charged Dec. 12 in Fargo state district court with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana and of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors with a maximum jail sentence of one year.

The two men pleaded guilty Dec. 13 and were sentenced to 360 days in jail, with all but 12 days suspended during a year of probation.

They each were given credit for two days served in jail since their arrest and remain in the Cass County jail, Mattison said.

Both men have previous convictions in Fargo.

Yang pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear again March 6 to have the case settled. She faces no charges in Grand Forks.

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