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Published August 19 2010

Mahnomen man accused of strong-arm robbery

He wanted a case of beer. He got a case in court.

Police say Michael Souza-Ariota, 33, of Mahnomen, Minn., tried to buy alcohol at Empire Liquors on Broadway in downtown Fargo around closing time early Wednesday, but it was too late.

He went outside and saw a man with a case of beer and asked to buy it from him. When the man refused, Souza-Ariota allegedly punched him in the face and tried to take his beer, Sgt. Glen Hanson said.

Two officers were nearby and arrested Souza-Ariota on suspicion of strong-arm robbery.

Hanson said the victim had a bloody nose but wasn’t seriously hurt, and he still had his case of beer.