UPDATE: One arrested after armed car-jacking and chase between Grand Forks and Fargo

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Published: Nov. 18, 2023 at 3:23 PM CST
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office says one is in custody after a pursuit which lasted approximately 57 minutes covering 75 miles early Saturday morning.

At approximately 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Deputies were notified of an armed car-jacking that had just occurred in the City of Grand Forks. According to court documents, a man said someone he didn’t know approached him in a parking lot, told him to give him his car and keys or he would shoot him.

The suspect, later identified as Ahmed Abdi Hassan, said to the victim: “I have a gun, give me your phone, keys and let me get the f*** out of here,” court documents explain. The victim says he feared for his life and gave Hassan his keys.

Officers with the Grand Forks Police Department, Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office and North Dakota Highway Patrol were all notified about the armed car-jacking and located the stolen vehicle various times throughout the night. Officials say, each time they attempted to pull the vehicle over, Hassan fled from officers.

A Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Deputy pursued Hassan near Thompson, ND, and says the suspect fled for multiple miles on paved and rural roads. Deputies attempted to utilize spike strips to stop the vehicle getting onto I-29, but say the vehicle entered the ditch and drove around them. Spike strips were deployed by officers on I-29 in multiple locations but the suspect evaded these as well.

According to officers, the vehicle continued fleeing southbound on I-29 reaching speeds of 120 mph at times. Deputies pursued the vehicle into Cass County where Cass County Deputies were able to successfully spike the fleeing vehicle.

North Dakota Highway Patrol, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, and Fargo Police Department took over the pursuit and stopped the vehicle on I-29 at the milepost 66 exit ramp. The driver and sole occupant of the stolen vehicle was identified as Ahmed Hassan of Fargo, ND.

The pursuit lasted approximately 57 minutes covering 75 miles between Grand Forks and Cass County.

Hassan was brought back to Grand Forks and booked into the Grand Forks County Correctional Facility. He is charged with robbery with a firearm or dangerous weapon, two counts of theft, two counts of fleeing a peace officer, driving under suspension and speeding.