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Hunter David Havisto is suspected of a midday robbery at Mister Money payday loan and pawn shop on Thursday June 10, a late Wednesday afternoon robbery at the Main Avenue M&H convenience store, and a Tuesday robbery at Walmart on 13th Avenue South and a Casey’s General store in South Fargo.

The final car chase began after the robbery at Mister Money on 33rd Street South near the Cash Wise Foods grocery store when police say Havisto escaped in a stolen vehicle after escaping with an unknown amount of money and pointing a gun had directed one of the employees.

The police initially reported the act as an attempted robbery.

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The dash camera video received from WDAY News shows the suspect running out of the front of the store and driving away in a vehicle. The employee then comes out of the shop entrance and appears to fire a pistol at the departing vehicle.

Fargo Police are still investigating the four robberies and investigating the use of a firearm by the pawnbroker, Sgt. Michael Bernier said Thursday evening.

At around 2:00 p.m., police found the vehicle that Havisto allegedly stole abandoned in the area of ​​Sixth Avenue South and 23rd Street. Havisto is alleged to have stolen the vehicle from a Kum & Go store on 13th Avenue South prior to the Mister Money robbery.

About an hour later, police reported that they had located Havisto in a smaller apartment building on 2121 Ninth Avenue, east of 23rd Street. A friend or family member of Havisto reportedly lived in the building, Bernier said.

Police respond to Mister Money on 33rd Street South following an attempted robbery on Thursday afternoon June 10th.  An employee shot at the would-be robber, who then fled the area in a stolen car, the police said.  Tanner Robinson / WDAY

Police respond to Mister Money on 33rd Street South following an attempted robbery on Thursday afternoon June 10th. An employee shot at the would-be robber, who then fled the area in a stolen car, the police said. Tanner Robinson / WDAY

The police surrounded the building and were able to convince Havisto to surrender within minutes, Bernier said.

Havisto was unharmed but was taken for a medical exam and then taken to the Cass County Jail, ending the seemingly three-day crime streak, Bernier said.

While Havisto allegedly robbed two stores on Tuesday, police stepped up their search for him on Wednesday after the M&H raid. Shortly after the raid, officers formed a search area south of the store. Shortly after the search began, police released a photo of the suspect from inside M&H, pointing a gun at the employee.

Photo from a surveillance camera of the person who robbed the M&H convenience store on Main Avenue in Fargo on Wednesday afternoon, June 9, 2021.  Photo courtesy of Fargo Police Department.

Photo from a surveillance camera of the person who robbed the M&H convenience store on Main Avenue in Fargo on Wednesday afternoon, June 9, 2021. Photo courtesy of Fargo Police Department.

Police searched an area south of 13th Avenue that evening and searched a house later that night, but didn’t find Havisto until the next day after the fourth robbery.

Havisto was held in custody in Cass County Jail Thursday night but has not yet been formally charged.

Mister Money’s shopkeeper, Daryn Kapaun, said in an interview after Havisto was arrested that the employee who shot the fleeing vehicle did not try to shoot the suspect but wanted to make the vehicle more conspicuous to the police.

The employee shot a couple of shots from a distance of about the length of a car right outside the door of the store, said Kapaun.

“There was no intention of shooting the suspect at all,” he said, adding that all of his staff have undercover gun licenses and are seasoned shooters who have trained on local shooting ranges.

Thursday’s robbery was the third armed robbery of the store in 23 years it has been operating in Fargo, according to Kapaun, who also has a shop in Jamestown.

While his staff “certainly got the adrenaline flowing” after a “gun was pointed in the face,” said Kapaun, he was more concerned about the police.

“This guy (Havisto) didn’t seem like the guy who was going to give up,” said Kaupaun. “Thank goodness nobody was hurt.”

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