Social media sale turns into armed robbery in Moorhead

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UPDATE: Moorhead Police have identified a man they say was involved in an armed robbery Monday night.

Police say 21-year-old Penja Lawuya of Fargo was charged for the robbery. Police say Lawuya met the victim over social media and a sale of an electronic device was discussed.

The victim met with Lawuya in the 1200 block of 34th Ave South and allegedly got into his car. Police say that is when Lawuya pulled out a handgun. Police say Lawuya then left with the electronic device without paying.

Lawuya was found a short time later with the help of a K9 tracker. Lawuya was booked into the Clay County Jail on Felony Aggravated Robbery charges.

The victim was not hurt during this event.

The Moorhead Police Department wants to remind our community that our Law Enforcement Center, 911 11 St N., has a “Safe Exchange” zone in our parking lot designated as a safe location for buyers and sellers to meet and complete their transactions.

Original: Moorhead Police say a person of interested has been arrested after they responded to a report of an armed robbery in 1200 block of 34th Avenue South around 9 p.m. Monday night.

After a search, police located the person of interested and took him into custody. The male is being held on pending charges from the Clay County Attorneys Office.

Police say the investigation is still ongoing; no further information will be released at this time.

The Clay County Sheriffs Office and the Minnesota State Patrol are credited for assisting.

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