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Archie Ingersoll, Published February 03 2014

VIDEO: Police arrest robbery suspect after standoff at south Fargo apartment

FARGO – A four-hour standoff ended peacefully Monday morning after SWAT team officers took custody of an armed robbery suspect who had holed up in an apartment, according to police.

The suspect, 22-year-old Valeri Dida, was wanted on a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with a Jan. 7 holdup at the Mister Money store in Fargo.

Early Monday, Dida got into a verbal domestic dispute with a woman in the apartment building at 2102 17th St. S., Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel said.

Police were called to the building, which is just south of Interstate 94, and the woman, who had fled a third-floor unit, told officers that Dida was still inside.

Knowing he was wanted on the robbery charge, police took precautions in case he was armed. Adjacent apartments were evacuated, and officers blocked off vehicle and pedestrian traffic around the building, Vettel said.

After SWAT officers spent several hours failing to convince Dida to come outside, they entered the apartment through an open door and found Dida in a bedroom.

“They ordered him out at gunpoint,” Vettel said. “He was taken into custody without incident.”

About 9:15 a.m., police led Dida out of the building in handcuffs and put him in the back seat of a squad car. There was no word on whether any weapons were found on Dida or in the apartment.

Vettel said Dida did not live in the building, but occasionally visited the woman there. Along with the robbery count, Dida will face a charge of violating a protection order for having contact with the woman, and he may face additional charges because of the standoff, the lieutenant said.

Dida was one of three men charged in this month’s holdup at Mister Money, a check-cashing business at 3051 25th St. S. The other two men, Nyantey Gaylah, 25, and Rodrick Dida, 19, have also been arrested. All three were being held Tuesday at the Cass County Jail.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Archie Ingersoll at (701) 451-5734