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Published March 13, 2011, 04:44 PM

5 Arrested in Connection with South Fargo Stop-N-Go Robbery

Four men and one 16-year-old male have been arrested and are charged with taking part in an armed robbery of a south Fargo Stop-N-Go on Saturday.

By: Helmut Schmidt, Forum Communications

Four men and one 16-year-old male have been arrested and are charged with taking part in an armed robbery of a south Fargo Stop-N-Go on Saturday.

Four suspects were found and arrested in Fargo on Saturday night within about an hour of the robbery of the convenience store and gas station at 2701 S. University Drive, Fargo Police Sgt. Jim VanLith said.

The fifth suspect was arrested Sunday morning by Moorhead police with Fargo detectives present as they executed a search warrant in the case, VanLith said Sunday.

Some money was also recovered by detectives, “but we don’t know if it’s the money” taken in the robbery, VanLith said. He declined to release how much money was taken in the robbery.

VanLith said it was “too early to say” if any of those in custody are tied to any of a rash of robberies in the metro area in the last six weeks.

The Stop-N-Go was held up about 9:11 p.m. Saturday, VanLith said.

According to VanLith, two of the suspects entered the store, one of them armed with a handgun.

The man with the handgun then demanded money from a clerk, which she turned over. The men then left, VanLith said.

A Clay County K-9 unit was called in to track the suspects, without success, VanLith said.

However, a description of the suspects from witnesses and store surveillance video got results, VanLith said.

A police unit at the 700 block of 23rd St. S., observed individuals matching the description about 9:53 p.m. and detained them, VanLith said. They were interviewed and subsequently arrested, he said.

Isaac Nyemah, 18, Fargo, is charged with armed robbery.

Thomas Paye, 18, and Manlear Peter, 18, both of Fargo, are charged with accomplice to armed robbery.

The juvenile male is also facing a charge of armed robbery and will be referred to juvenile court, VanLith said.

They were being held in the Cass County Jail.

Raheem Kemokai, 18, of Moorhead was arrested Sunday morning in Moorhead. He is being held in the Clay County Jail in connection with the robbery, VanLith said. He did not know when Kemokai would be extradited to Cass County.

All of the 18-year-olds remain in jail because the charges do not come with an automatic bond amount, VanLith said. He did not know if the juvenile was still in custody.

Saturday’s robbery was the eighth robbery in the metro area in the last six weeks.

On Friday, the African Market was robbed at gunpoint by two males.

On March 6, a Subway restaurant on Main Avenue in Fargo was also robbed at gunpoint.

Before that, there was a trio of Stop-N-Go stickups – the first on Jan. 23 in West Fargo – and a pair of bank robberies in Fargo.

A man was immediately arrested in one of the two bank robberies.

Two other men, among three suspects in the Feb. 10 armed robbery of a Stop-N-Go in Moorhead, are also facing charges.

Armed robbery is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.

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