FARGO — A man was in custody Wednesday, March 18, after allegedly stealing a vehicle at knifepoint, getting in two crashes and fleeing police.
At about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a report of a robbery near the Cathedral of St. Mary in downtown Fargo.
A robber threatened to stab a person unless he gave up his car keys, according to the Fargo Police Department. The robbery was random, police said.
The suspect drove away in the vehicle and crashed into a car on the 800 block of 10th Street South — about a mile south of the alleged robbery — brandishing a knife at the occupants before driving off, police said.
Police spotted the suspect but he fled when they attempted to pull him over. Later, officers were sent to a crash by South University Drive and Interstate 94, where the suspect reportedly continued driving.
The suspect then drove into Moorhead, where a Clay County Sheriff's deputy chased him and eventually used a PIT maneuver to disable his vehicle at I-94 and 34th Street.
The suspect was arrested and identified as 30-year-old John Thomas Poitra, of no permanent address. Police forwarded charges of robbery using threats with a weapon, terrorizing, aggravated reckless endangerment and fleeing in a vehicle to the Cass County State's Attorney's Office.
Poitra was being held Wednesday in the Clay County Jail on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and bringing stolen goods into Minnesota.