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Forum staff reports, Published August 12 2013

High-speed chase in Moorhead ends with arrest

MOORHEAD – A Fargo man is in custody after robbing a gas station in south Moorhead Sunday night and leading police on a 20-minute high-speed chase through town.

Lt. Mike Detloff said Sunday night that a robbery was reported at Brady’s Service Center at 2404 8th St. S. just before 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The suspect indicated he had a handgun but did not show a weapon, Detloff said, adding that the suspect fled the scene on foot.

After fleeing on foot, the robbery suspect got into a vehicle and led police on a 20-minute chase from south Moorhead to the northern part of town, then back down to the south end. At one point, speeds reached 70 mph and police used stop sticks to slow the chase several times, Detloff said.

“He ended up only having one good tire left,” Detloff said “Three of them were on rims.”

The suspect eventually ditched the car near the 900 block of 4th Street South before being apprehended, Detloff said.

In a written statement released early today, police identified the suspect as Raheem M. Kemokai, 22, of Fargo.

No one was injured at the gas station or during the chase, Detloff said. Only the suspect’s vehicle was damaged during the chase. The suspect damaged a fence while running on foot, Detloff said.

Brady Olson, owner of Brady’s Service Center, said Sunday night that he was not at the store during the robbery and that he was called in at around 9:50 p.m. to lock the store down.

Olson said he did not know any more details about what was taken from the store.

Police said Kemokai was being held in the Clay County Jail pending possible charges of aggravated robbery; fleeing in a motor vehicle; criminal damage to property and a number of misdemeanor traffic offenses.