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‘All I can say is I’m so sorry’: Robbery suspect does exclusive interview with Valley News Live

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 4:21 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The man accused of several armed robberies across south Fargo this week was arraigned in Cass County court Friday afternoon.

Valley News Team’s Aaron Walling did a jailhouse interview with Hunter Havisto on Friday afternoon. Havisto apologized to the community and to his family. He says drug addiction brought him to where he’s at and he hopes that somewhere down the line, he can be forgiven.

“I just like the community to know that, especially when I get out I’m not going to be a menace,” said Hunter Havisto. “There’s not going to be a person like me inside of me ever again. As hard it is to believe but that is the God honest truth.”

Havisto, 21, is charged with seven felony counts including robbery and attempted robbery. He’s also facing three misdemeanor theft counts for the cash he allegedly stole from local businesses.

“I am so deeply sorry for everybody that I affected in the community the last couple days. I’m sorry to my family. I don’t know where to begin to apologize. I never thought addiction could bring me to such a level of evilness, but here we are.” said Havisto.

In the final armed robbery attempt before Havisto was arrested, an employee at Mister Money chased him out of the store and fired several shots at the stolen car Havisto was driving. He says, in those moments, he thought he was going to die.

“I have flashbacks of him pulling the real weapon out,” said Havisto on when it felt real to him. “See, I was just playing around with a BB gun, I wouldn’t call it playing around cause it’s not playing around, I was still inflicting feelings on other people. But it was just a BB gun and when I saw him pull out his gun, this is a wrap. I’m done for. I thought I was going to die. Shots hit the window and I thought I was dead. When I made it a block away I could only thank God for being alive.”

Havisto acknowledged his actions have impacted the community, and that he hasn’t had contact with his family. Not even his mother, his father or even his own son.

“I want to tell my family that I love you guys so much. Thinking about you guys is the only thing keeping me going on a day-to-day basis. You guys didn’t have anything to do with it this was on me and I hope you guys can forgive me someday.” said Havisto on what he would say to his family.

Court documents say Havisto allegedly robbed a Tropical Smoothie on June 6, Walmart and Casey’s General Store on June 8, an M&H convenience store on June 9 and Mister Money on June 10.

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