Fargo police arrest suspect in three-day spate of robberies
Hunter David Havisto is suspected of a noon theft Thursday, June 10 at the Mister Money payday loan and pawn shop, a late Wednesday afternoon theft at the M&H Main Avenue convenience store, and thefts on Tuesday at Walmart on 13th Avenue South and Casey’s General Store in South Fargo.
The final chase began after Mister Money was robbed on South 33rd Street near the Cash Wise Foods grocery store when police said Havisto fled in a stolen vehicle after escaping with some cash withheld and pointed a handgun in the face of one of the employees. .
Police initially reported the crime as attempted theft.
Dash camera video obtained by WDAY News shows the suspect running out of the storefront and driving away in a vehicle. The employee then exits the entrance to the store and appears to fire a handgun at the vehicle as it drives away.
The Fargo Police Department is still investigating the four thefts and examining the use of a firearm by the pawnbroker, Sgt. Michael Bernier said Thursday night.
At around 2 p.m., police found the vehicle that Havisto allegedly stole abandoned in the Sixth Avenue South and 23rd Street neighborhood. Havisto is accused of stealing the vehicle from a Kum & Go convenience store on 13th Avenue South before the Mister Money robbery.
About an hour later, police reported that they had located Havisto in a smaller apartment building at 2121 Ninth Avenue S., just east of 23rd Street. A friend or family member of Havisto is believed to have lived in the building, Bernier said.
Police respond to Mister Money on South 33rd Street after an attempted theft Thursday afternoon June 10. An employee shot the potential thief who then fled the area in a stolen car, police said. Tanner Robinson / DAY
Police surrounded the building and, within minutes, managed to persuade Havisto to surrender, Bernier said.
Havisto was not injured but was taken for a medical and then to Cass County Jail, ending the three-day wave of crimes, Bernier said.
While Havisto reportedly robbed two businesses on Tuesday, police stepped up their search on Wednesday after the M&H robbery. Shortly after the theft, 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, where he was seen pointing a handgun at the clerk.
Security camera photo of person suspected by police of breaking into the M&H convenience store on Main Avenue in Fargo on Wednesday afternoon, June 9, 2021. Photo provided by the Fargo Police Department.
Police searched an area south of 13th Avenue in the evening and investigated a house later that night, but did not find Havisto until the day after the fourth theft.
Havisto was in custody at Cass County Jail Thursday evening, but had yet to be formally charged.
Mister Money store owner Daryn Kapaun said in an interview after Havisto’s arrest that the employee who shot the fleeing vehicle was not trying to shoot the suspect but instead was trying to return the vehicle to more visible to the police.
The employee fired a few bullets from a distance of about a car just outside the company gate, Kapaun said.
“There was no intention to shoot the suspect,” he said, adding that all of his employees held concealed weapon licenses and were proficient shooters who trained at local ranges.
Thursday’s robbery was the third armed robbery at the company in 23 years of operating in Fargo, according to Kapaun, who also has a store in Jamestown.
While “the adrenaline was certainly flowing” with his employees after a “gun was pointed in their face,” Kapaun said he was more worried about the police.
“This guy (Havisto) didn’t seem like the type to give up,” Kaupaun said. “Thank goodness no one was hurt.”