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Forum staff reports, Published January 10 2013

Alleged bank robber charged in Clay County

MOORHEAD – The man arrested after allegedly robbing a south Fargo bank and leading police on a high-speed chase across the metro was charged in Clay County on Thursday.

Abraham Clifford Wilson, 46, is facing five charges, according to the criminal complaint filed at Clay County District Court, including two counts of receiving stolen property, theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing a police officer on foot and in a vehicle.

The complaint alleges Wilson first robbed the Cornerstone Bank at 2627 South University Drive, Fargo, then led police on a chase in a stolen vehicle into Clay County. The red hatchback he was driving was reported stolen from Barnesville on Jan. 6, the complaint states.

Wilson eventually ditched the vehicle and took off on foot through backyards in north Moorhead before he was apprehended by Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist, authorities say.

Wilson made his first appearance in Clay County District Court on Thursday. He is being held in Clay County Jail on $50,000 conditional bail, $100,000 unconditional bail.

Theft of a motor vehicle and each count of receiving stolen property carry a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

Authorities believe Wilson is also responsible for Sunday’s robbery of the Stop-N-Go at 3220 12th Ave. N. in Fargo. Wilson was charged with that robbery on Wednesday in Cass County District Court.

Wilson is also on federal probation after pleading guilty in October 2003 to robbing a US Bank branch in Fargo earlier that year. Police say he has no permanent address in the area.

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