UPDATE: After weeks on the run, man arrested for holding woman at gunpoint, forcing her to withdraw money

Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 3:49 PM CDT
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MOORHEAD, M.N. (Valley News Live) - After over three weeks on the run from police, the Moorhead man who allegedly forced a woman to drive to a bank at gunpoint so she would withdraw money for him at an ATM is now behind bars.

30-year-old Sharmake Mohamed Abdullahi is charged with felony kidnapping, first-degree aggravated robbery, threats of violence and theft charges. New charges of fifth-degree drug possession, as well as fleeing from police have been added from his Nov. 10 arrest.

A Clay County Judge set Abdullahi’s bail at $500,000 with no conditions or $250,000 with conditions.

Documents say officers were called to Gate City Bank just after 11 a.m. on Oct. 19 for a ‘frantic female.’ The woman later told officers she was pulled over in her car on University Ave. in Fargo when Abdullahi came up to her car and knocked on her window. When she rolled down the window, she stated Abdullahi pointed a black handgun with a gray barrel at her and told her to unlock her car door.

The victim stated Abdullahi then got in her vehicle and told her to take him to Moorhead. While driving, documents say Abdullahi had her purse and was going through her wallet. Once in Moorhead, the woman told officers Abdullahi told her to go to the Gate City Bank and withdraw some money he could use for rent.

Court documents say the victim tried to get money out of the ATM, but was unsuccessful. The suspect then told her to drive off and documents say Abdullahi held a gun near the victim’s hip. The victim told officers she then pulled over and told Abdullahi, ‘You can kill me here.’ Abdullahi told the woman he didn’t want to shoot her and got out of her car, documents say.

Abdullahi took the victim’s new iPhone and told the victim if she ever talked to police he would find her because he now knows where she lives and what she drives, documents said. Abdullahi told the victim he would shoot and kill her, the victim told officers.

The victim told officers she had a friend that was very active in the Somali community and may be able to help identify the suspect. Detectives showed the friend a photograph from the Gate City surveillance camera and documents say he identified the man as ‘Memphis.’ Moorhead detectives were already familiar with the name and person from a different investigation, documents stated.

Court documents say Moorhead Police were attempting to serve a subpoena on Nov. 10 in the 3000 block of 18th St. S., when an officer saw Abdullahi pull on the secure apartment door forcibly and recognized him as he had open warrants out for his arrest.

As the officer attempted to handcuff Abdullahi, documents say he ran into the apartment building and down the stairs before eventually being arrested.

Court documents say a Methylphenidate Hydrochloride pill was found in Abdullahi’s pocket at the time of the arrest.

If convicted for the Oct. 19 charges, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

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