VIDEO: Surveillance video shows armed robbery at Fargo pawn shop, suspect arrested
FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Fargo Police say 21-year-old Hunter Havisto has been arrested. He was taken into custody at an apartment at 2121 9th Avenue South on Thursday afternoon. Havisto is accused of being involved in four robberies of businesses in south Fargo this week.
The latest attempted robbery happened on Thursday afternoon just after 12:30 p.m. at Mister Money in the 1400 block 33rd St. S., which is just south of 13th Avenue and east of I-29.
Valley News Live spoke with the owner of Mister Money. He says the suspect backed the vehicle into a parking spot in front of the store, came in, held up a gun and demanded $1,000. The employees handed over the money and say the suspect pointed toward the other till. Employees gave him more money and that’s when they say the suspect told them to follow him. The owner says they told the suspect ‘No, you got your money now get the hell out!’ and the suspect ran out to the car.
An employee from Mister Money fired multiple shots at the back window of the suspect vehicle. The owner says this was done solely to make the car more identifiable to the public and police. The owner of Mister Money says he’s glad Havisto was finally arrested and that no other business owners have to live in fear that they might be next, or go through the terror that he and his employees, as well as several other businesses, have gone through the last 24 to 48 hours.
Prior to the attempted robbery, police received a report of a stolen vehicle at the Kum & Go at 2237 13th Avenue South.
After shots were fired, Havisto took off in the stolen vehicle again. A second perimeter was set up near the area of 6th Ave. S. and 23rd St. in Fargo. Officers found the stolen vehicle, but say it was unoccupied and the suspect was still on the run.
Havisto is also suspected of robbing the M&H gas station along Main Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. Police say he pointed a handgun at the gas station employee and got away with cash. Investigators are also linking Havisto to a robbery at the 13th Avenue Walmart and a Casey’s General Store on 13th Avenue Tuesday night.
In a statement Thursday night, Havisto’s father Josh says:
“I don’t think the employee should of chased my son out of the store shooting at him. Obviously he wasn’t a threat if he had to chase him. That’s attempted murder. Let alone what if one of those bullets hit a kid or someone else. I know it was a bb used previously don’t know if it was this time. Cause the cops recovered the one yesterday. But still don’t think it’s right of anyone to shoot at someone fleeing. Will be contacting attorneys about it. As far as my son I’m not standing up for him. He’s sick on drugs and I hope they give him the most time they can. He deserves it.”
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