Published January 09 2013
Probation officer says alleged bank robber was off his meds, smoking pot
Abraham Clifford Wilson Jr., 46, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly robbing the Cornerstone Bank at 2627 S. University Drive in Fargo and leading authorities on a high-speed car chase and foot chase that ended with his capture in Moorhead.
Authorities believe Wilson also is responsible for Sunday’s robbery of the Stop-N-Go at 3220 12th Ave. N. in Fargo. Wilson was charged with that robbery Wednesday in Cass County District Court.
According to the complaint, the store clerk told police the suspect entered the store, pulled a handgun from his waistline and pointed it at her, saying, “This is a stickup; I want all the money in your drawer.”
The clerk verbally challenged the suspect because she believed the gun was fake, commenting that it was plastic-looking with a clear end and electrical tape wrapped around it, the complaint states. The suspect again demanded money, and she gave him $205 and he left.
Fargo police emailed video images of the suspect to local law enforcement and were contacted by Wilson’s federal probation officer and a deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service, both of whom identified the suspect as Wilson.
Wilson is on federal probation after pleading guilty in October 2003 to robbing a US Bank branch in Fargo earlier that year.
The probation officer told police Wilson hadn’t been taking his medication and had failed a random urinalysis for marijuana on Saturday. Wilson hadn’t been seen since at his apartment in the Dakota Pioneer Center at 633 1st Ave. N., which houses clients for the Southeast Human Service Center, the complaint states.
The probation officer said Wilson has a history of robbery with guns when he’s off his medication and using marijuana, the complaint states.
The Stop-N-Go clerk was unable to identify the robbery suspect in a photo lineup that included Wilson’s photo, but others with more knowledge of Wilson were relied upon to establish probable cause for his arrest, the complaint states.
Fargo police issued a news release to local media Tuesday afternoon identifying Wilson as the Stop-N-Go suspect. Wilson allegedly robbed the bank about 20 minutes later.
On Wednesday, Wilson remained in the Clay County Jail, where he’s being held pending charges including fleeing police, motor vehicle theft and possession of stolen property. He’s expected to make a court appearance today.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528
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