A Grand Forks man is in custody after police said he tried to rob a taxi driver early Wednesday morning.
Nicaise B. Adjobi, 25, was arrested Thursday night, a press release said. He is facing charges of robbery and aggravated assault. If convicted, he could spend up to 25 years in prison.
A Grand Forks Taxi driver went to the 500 block of Oak Street to pick up a customer around 4:35 a.m., according to a press release. An affidavit for his arrest said Adjobi opened the car's front passenger door, pointed a gun at the driver and said "Give it up!"
He then hit the driver in the face with a handgun multiple times, which the affidavit said caused serious injuries.
The driver began to speed away while Adjobi was still partly in the car and no cash was stolen, the release said.
Officers searched the area using a K9 but were unable to locate Adjobi, the release said. Statements made to police helped them identify Adjobi, the affidavit said. During a probation search of his home officers said they found clothing and a handgun that they believe will have DNA from the victim.
The investigation is ongoing and police are urging anyone with information to contact them online, through Facebook, on the Tip411 app or at (701) 787-8000.
Adjobi was on probation from a March conviction of aggravated assault. He’s previously been convicted for disorderly conduct, menacing and possession of methamphetamine.