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Emily Welker, Published March 07 2013

VIDEO: Two arrests made in Moorhead shooting

MOORHEAD – Two men were arrested Thursday in connection with Wednesday afternoon’s shooting here.

A third suspect is still on the loose, and the weapon used in the crime has not been recovered, Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said.

The shooting, at the victim’s home at 1107 17th St. S., sent 23-year-old Anthony Alexander Sands to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, where he underwent surgery for arm and abdominal injuries. His condition is not being released.

Michael Andrew Crittenden, 23, of Moorhead, and Tyshawn Lanier Darden, 19, of Fargo, are being held at the Clay County and Cass County jails, respectively.

Darden was arrested on attempted murder charges after a Red River SWAT team raid and execution of a search warrant at his north Fargo apartment, 2905 7th Ave. N., at 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

The SWAT team was on the scene to make sure people in the neighborhood were safe as the suspect was taken into custody, said Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel.

Two other people were in the apartment at the time of Darden’s arrest but were not detained. Jacobson would not say what items were sought or collected in the search.

Jacobson said Crittenden was taken into custody about noon Thursday after being interviewed about his involvement in the shooting. He’s being held pending a felony charge of conspiracy to commit fifth-degree controlled substance crime, with additional charges possible.

Jacobson said the police are working to identify the third suspect. He said they do not believe the man who remains at large is a danger to the general public, and that Wednesday’s crime appeared to be isolated to Sands’ south Moorhead residence.

Jacobson said police seized 2.2 pounds of marijuana and almost $11,000 in cash from Sands’ home.

Jacobson said officers have been working around the clock on the ongoing investigation, and had made it a top priority to get it resolved.

He said that witness information about the two suspects seen fleeing the area of the shooting Wednesday was a big help. He asked anyone with information about the third suspect in the shooting to contact the Moorhead Police Department supervisor at (701) 451-7660.


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