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UPDATE:Fergus Falls woman abducted at gunpoint, found safe: Suspect was convicted of abducting, raping woman in 2008

6:30 p.m. update: Police arrest man on suspicion of attempted murder at Grand Forks apartment

Mohamed Aweis Mohamed

A man accused of firing a gun at another man late Thursday night in a south Grand Forks apartment told a judge Friday he was “not a troublemaker.”

Mohamed Aweis Mohamed, 31, unknown address, made his first appearance in court Friday afternoon on felony charges of attempted murder, terrorizing and reckless endangerment. District Court Judge Donald Hager set his bond at $50,000 cash.

“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mohamed told Hager before he was reminded to save his defense for a meeting with an attorney.

The bond amount was recommended by the Grand Forks County State’s Attorney’s Office based on the nature of the charges, Assistant State’s Attorney Andrew Eyre said.

Mohamed has several alias and other potential convictions, which investigators are sorting through, Eyre added.

During the hearing, Mohamed indicated he has lived in the United States since 1997 but is not a U.S. citizen. His country of origin is Somalia, he said.

Under federal law, if Mohamed pleads guilty or is convicted of his crimes, he will be deported, Hager said.

Under North Dakota state law, attempted murder is a Class A felony with a maximum sentence of 20 years, $20,000 fine or both. The terrorizing and reckless endangerment charges are Class C felonies and carry a maximum sentence of five years, a $10,000 fine or both.

Incident

Police officers arrested Mohamed after being called around 11:30 p.m. to unit No. 217 of Grandview Apartments I at 1850 34th St. S. on a report of a disturbance involving a firearm and sounds of two men arguing.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with the court, officers were told the apartment resident, identified as Douglass Devonn Palmer, had Mohamed pinned down. Upon arrival, Palmer was standing over Mohamed.

Mohamed had allegedly loaded the gun and pointed it in Pamer’s direction, the affidavit said. Palmer then grabbed Mohamed’s arm, during which the gun was fired.

Police recovered a handgun and bullet casing from the scene, according to the affidavit. The bullet passed through a cabinet door and was found embedded in drywall inside the cupboard.   Police took Mohamed to Altru Hospital, where he was treated for injuries sustained during the altercation, including one believed to have been caused by the gun’s slide or trigger guard. He was later booked into the Grand Forks County Correctional Center.  

The department is still investigating the motive behind the crime, Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik.  Mohamed and the victim had some familiarity with one another, Zimmel told the Herald on Friday, adding he didn’t know the full extent of the relationship.  The victim in an altercation at a Grand Forks apartment detained a man who police later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, terrorizing and reckless endangerment late Thursday night.

Officers arrested Mohamed Aweis Mohamed, 31, unknown address, after being called to 1850 34th St. S. on a report about a disturbance involving a firearm.

At 11:53 p.m. Thursday, officers received the call and responded to the apartment.

“The suspect was being detained on scene by the victim when officers arrived,” according to a news release issued by police today.

While there, police were told that a firearm was discharged during the altercation. Police took Mohamed to Altru Hospital, where he was treated for injuries sustained during the altercation. He was later taken and booked into the Grand Forks County Correctional Center.

No other details were immediately available.

Steve Wagner

Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and swagner@gfherald.com. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and crime reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes coverage of Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with several investigative projects. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.

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