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Emily Welker, Published August 23 2013

Fargo man accused of beating another man unconscious after he didn’t give him a cigarette

FARGO – A Fargo man is facing a felony terrorizing charge after police accused him of beating another man unconscious after he’d asked the man for cigarettes and the man said he didn’t have any.

Dengdit John Geu, 18, Fargo, was charged Wednesday in Cass County District Court with one count of Class C felony terrorizing, one count of Class A misdemeanor false reports to law enforcement, and one count of Class B misdemeanor simple assault.

Court documents say police were called about 9:50 p.m. Aug. 10 by witnesses reporting a fight at 710 23rd St. S., outside on the steps of the building.

The victim, Ali Mohamed, has no recollection of the incident, and officers told him witnesses said he’d been hit in the face.

Mohamed’s friend, Mohammed Ali, told officers he and Mohamed were approached by an unknown man on the steps of the building, who asked the pair for a cigarette.

Ali said that Mohamed explained to the man they didn’t smoke, and didn’t have any cigarettes. Then the man became upset and punched Mohamed in the head several times, kicking him and knocking him out.

Later that night, according to court documents, officers responded to a disturbance call at the same location and found a man yelling at people inside, “I will beat you up, too. I will kill you, too,” while rattling the door.

Officers arrested the man at gunpoint, and he told them his name was Panther Geu from Sioux Falls, S.D.

Geu would not give officers a permanent address, according to documents, and he said he just was trying to get into his aunt’s home in the building. Geu said that he was yelling at people in the building only because they yelled at him first. He could not explain the blood on his shirt.

An officer determined this was the same man who had earlier beaten the other man unconscious.

At the jail, after Geu had appeared in court, a jailer determined that Geu had given officers his older brother’s name.

Geu’s bail was set at $2,000. His next court appearance has not yet been set.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541