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Emily Welker, Published February 28 2014

Police say limp was clue leading to arrest in Dilworth of suspect in Stop-N-Go robbery

FARGO – A suspected convenience store robber may have been given away in part by his limp.

Friday evening, police arrested Ewing Junior Mathis, 52, of Montrose, Mich., in Dilworth. Police said he was arrested without incident.

Earlier Friday, Fargo police issued an arrest warrant on Friday for a suspect in a robbery at the Stop-N-Go at 3220 12th Ave. N. in Fargo after local law enforcement officers claim they recognized his van and his gait.

According to court documents filed in Cass County District Court Thursday, Fargo police Detective Joshua Loos reviewed store security video and noticed the robbery suspect, a white man about 40 to 50 years old, walked with a limp during the robbery.

A store manager said she thought the same man had been in the store about an hour before the robbery.

The suspect, who had been dropped off both times by a maroon van, also showed a limp as he walked across the parking lot in the video, a police charging summary says.

Loos put out the word to area law enforcement, along with photos of the suspect.

The police report says Loos found out that Clay County sheriff’s deputies and Glyndon, Minn., police had dealt with a man named Mathis when a woman had an apparent drug overdose in his van.

The van, a maroon 2006 GMC Envoy, was the same make as the van in the video, according to Loos’s charging summary.

Loos also reported that a Clay County sheriff’s deputy saw Mathis walking with a limp during the overdose incident.

His criminal background check showed an extensive criminal history and multiple felony convictions in numerous states, according to the charging summary.

Mathis was charged with Class B felony robbery, which carries with it a 10-year prison sentence upon convicted.

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