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Robbers Steal Child's Christmas Tree Cash in Chaffee Home Invasion

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Photos Courtesy of Cass County Sheriff's Department: Zachery Senger (Left) , Michael Mario (middle), and Levi Melby (Right). Photos Courtesy of Cass County Sheriff's Department: Zachery Senger (Left) , Michael Mario (middle), and Levi Melby (Right).

A Chaffee, North Dakota family is thanking their lucky stars after surviving a home invasion robbery Sunday night.

Cass County Sheriff's deputies tracked down three men of the four they say broke into the Chaffee home; one is still on the loose. Resident Kimberly Schempp says they held a gun to her head and pistol-whipped her mother Linda, who's grandmother to five-year-old Hailee and her infant brother, both of whom were hiding upstairs during the time of the attack.

Schempp says she had told Hailee in the past to stay out of sight if strangers broke in, and Hailee says she remembered.

"I wasn't scared," she says. "I was brave and stayed quiet."

"I'm very proud of her," says her mother. "She's a very big girl for doing what she did."

Schempp says one of the men was her cousin. She believes he may have heard her mother talking about the women saving up money for Christmas for the children.

The fourth suspect is still at large.



Cass County Sheriff's Office Deputies were called to a home in Chaffee, ND just after 10:20 p.m. Sunday night after a someone called saying four men forced their way into the home and had weapons.

The homeowner, and an adult daughter and her two children were also home at the time. The suspects left the home before Cass County deputies could get there.

When deputies got there, they spoke with the homeowner and her daughter who were able to identify two of the four male suspects as people they knew. The homeowner was assaulted. Both the homeowner and her daughter were threatened with weapons. Both children were upstairs during the invasion and were not harmed.

The invasion is believed to be motivated by financial gain as cash and valuables were taken.

Three of the four males were located and arrested in Fargo at approximately 2:00 on Monday morning and are being held at the Cass County Jail.

Zachery Scott Senger, an 18-year-old from Fargo, and Michael Anthony Mario, a 34-year-old from West Fargo, are both being held for Robbery, Terrorizing, Burglary and Aggravated Assault.

Levi Brandon Melby, a 21-year-old from Fargo, was arrested for Robbery, Terrorizing, Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Possession of Methamphetamine Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana.

Local law enforcement is attempting to locate the fourth male involved.

MONDAY 6:00 A.M.

Police are investigating a strong armed robbery in Cass County overnight. Dispatchers won't tell us if anyone was hurt, but we do know it happened in Chaffee, North Dakota, which is about 30 miles west of Fargo.

Investigators are still on scene, stay with Valley News Live for details as they become available.

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