Man arrested in Fargo hotel homicide to be released after investigation shows stabbing was self-defense


FARGO — Alan J. Bear, the 22-year-old man arrested Saturday, Sept. 8 for killing another man, is expected to be released Monday, Sept. 10, after a police investigation showed he acted in self-defense during an attempted robbery, Fargo police said during a news conference held Monday morning.

Two other individuals, Robert Peightal and Jordan Plouffe, will instead be charged on counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit terrorizing, according to Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick.

About 2:33 a.m. Sept. 8, police were dispatched to AmericInn Hotel at 4325 23rd Ave. S. for a disturbance.

Police found Jakob Dirks, 23, lying in the hallway with a stab wound to his abdomen, police said. Dirks was taken to a hospital and later died from his injuries.

Bear was initially arrested Saturday after telling police he had stabbed Bear, but the ensuing police investigation showed Bear was defending himself and/or others during a robbery, police said.

Dirks and Peightal went to the hotel room where Bear was staying along with his brother, Shawn Bear, and Plouffe.

Dirks and Peightal conspired with Plouffe to commit a robbery, police said.

After Dirks and Peightal entered the hotel room a struggle ensued and Alan Bear stabbed Dirks, police said.

Plouffe and Peightal were being held Monday morning in the Cass County Jail pending the filing of charges.

Shawn Bear was being held at the jail on warrants out of Grand Forks police said.