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Forum staff reports, Published August 08 2012

Carjacking suspect crashes vehicle in Fargo

FARGO – Police say a carjacker held up two movie theater employees at gunpoint in Moorhead, stole one of their vehicles and led authorities on a brief chase before crashing the car early today in Fargo.

The two employees were leaving work at Safari Cinema at 925 30th Ave. S. at around 4 a.m. when the suspect approached them with a gun and asked for their keys, Sgt. Mike Detloff said. The suspect took the keys for a 2008 Pontiac G5 and drove off, he said.

The employees followed him in a pickup until they saw him head into Fargo on Interstate 94, at which point they turned around and returned to the theater to report the carjacking to Moorhead police, Detloff said.

Dispatchers advised other agencies to be on the lookout for the car, and a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper spotted it near I-94 and 45th Street.

The trooper waited for backup before trying to stop the car near 45th Street and Ninth Avenue South. The suspect sped off but lost control of the car about two blocks away, hitting the curb, a tree and a sign and rolling the car onto its top near Ninth Avenue South and 43rd Street, Detloff said.

“Once officers got there, he told them it was a fake gun and he couldn’t reach it. He was pinned in (the car),” Detloff said, adding police recovered a pellet gun from outside the car.

Detloff said firefighters had to extricate the suspect, identified as 20-year-old Emmanuel Maker Galuak. He had a small cut on his head but refused medical treatment and was taken to the Cass County Jail.

Galuak, who has no permanent address, potentially faces charges of aggravated robbery, second-degree assault, felony theft and possession of a facsimile weapon, Detloff said.

The Pontiac appeared to be a total loss, he said.