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Dave Roepke and Mike Nowatzki, Published November 09 2009

UPDATED: Moorhead police say robbers pushed pizza delivery guy into apartment

UPDATED 10:21 a.m.

MOORHEAD – A pizza delivery guy was among the reported victims of an armed robbery Sunday night in Moorhead, and three suspects remain at large, Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said this morning.

Police received a report of a robbery at about 8:30 p.m. at 908 8th St. S.

“We do know that a pizza delivery person was in front of these three armed robbers,” Jacobson said. “He’s the one that rang the doorbell and got the renters’ attention. He’s reported to be a victim, as well, and was pushed into the apartment by the intruders.”

The two male tenants told police they had not ordered a pizza.

“We’d be interested in hearing information specific to anyone that maybe saw a pizza delivery person, so we kind of know his actions prior to showing up at this apartment,” Jacobson added.

All three men – the tenants and pizza delivery guy – are college-aged, and they were not injured, Jacobson said. He said he couldn’t release what, if anything, was taken from the apartment.

The victims have indicated to police that they don’t know the suspects, Jacobson said.

Police used dogs to track the suspects, who were described as being about 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall and wearing all black, he said.

Prompted by the reported armed robbery, Minnesota State University Moorhead locked all campus buildings about 8:45 p.m., said Dylan Bradt, an MSUM security dispatcher.

A text message was sent to MSUM students shortly before 9 p.m. indicating that the three suspects were last seen running to the southeast of the apartment complex just south of Prairie Home Cemetery. The text message said the suspects had a shotgun, a handgun and a green backpack.

Concordia College also sent out an emergency alert to students via text message and e-mail, urging them to take extra caution and lock their doors, according to Amy Kelly, media relations director at Concordia.

The east edge of the Concordia campus is right across Eighth Street South from the apartment complex where the robbery was reported.

MSUM sent a text message to students at 10:35 p.m. that said police gave an “all clear.” The suspects were still at large but likely not in the MSUM area, the text message said.

Investigators are following up on leads today, Jacobson said.



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