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Wendy Reuer, Published August 20 2012

17-year-old male arrested in robbery of Mapleton Gordy's Travel Plaza

FARGO – A 17-year-old male was arrested here Monday about a half-hour after a reported armed robbery of Gordy’s Travel Plaza in Mapleton, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department said.

The robbery was reported at about 6 p.m., Sgt. Tara Morris said at a news conference at the Cass County Courthouse.

An armed male entered the store and demanded money from the male clerk, Morris said.

The suspect then took off in a silver four-door car, she said.

Shortly after the robbery was reported, a Cass County deputy spotted the suspect’s vehicle heading east on Interstate 94 near the Sheyenne Street exit in West Fargo, Morris said.

The deputy called for backup, and the car was stopped on southbound Interstate 29, just south of the interchange with I-94, Morris said.

The suspect was arrested without incident.

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney said items found in the car indicated that it was the vehicle involved with the robbery.

“It is unfolding as we speak. We’re confident we have the individual involved,” Laney said Monday evening.

He declined to say what, if any, weapons were found in the vehicle and what was taken by the suspect from the store.

Gordy’s is located just north of I-94 in Mapleton.

Kris Olsen said he has worked at the store for two years.

He had gotten off work earlier in the day and was on his way back to Gordy’s to pick up a snack.

“I’m really surprised (this happened),” Olsen said.

The clerk involved in the robbery declined to comment. He said the store would remain open Monday night until its regular closing time of 10 p.m.

The last serious crime in recent memory that occurred in Mapleton was a 2010 stabbing, Morris said.

“Typically it’s pretty quiet out there,” she said.

No one was injured in the robbery or arrest. Laney said he is extremely proud of the quick-thinking deputy who spotted the suspect’s silver car.

Laney said preliminary information indicates that the suspect is from the Fargo area.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol assisted at the scene, as did the Fargo Police Department, Laney said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530