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

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Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick talks Monday, Sept. 10, about a weekend stabbing that resulted in one man's death. Dave Olson/The Forum3 / 5
Robert Peightal4 / 5
Jordan Plouffe5 / 5

FARGO — Alan J. Bear, the 22-year-old man arrested Saturday, Sept. 8 for killing another man, was 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 press conference held Monday morning.

Two other individuals, Robert Peightal, 22, and Jordan Plouffe, 19, are instead charged on counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit terrorizing.

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

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

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

According to court records, Alan Bear told police Dirks suspected he and his brother, Shawn Bear, took approximately $10,000 from Dirks.

Alan Bear told police Dirks carried a large bag and all three went to his room. Once inside, Dirks pulled a rifle out of the bag, court documents show.

Alan Bear told police Peightal carried a club and pepper spray.

He said Dirks yelled at Shawn Bear and asked him where the money was, while pointing the gun at them, court records show.

Alan Bear said he stabbed Dirks after he cocked the rifle and pointed it at Shawn Bear, court documents show.

Plouffe knew Shawn and Alan Bear before the incident and messages on his phone show he knew about Dirks’ planned robbery, court records stated.

Plouffe told police he didn’t know Dirks would bring a gun to the hotel, court documents show.

Plouffe and Peightal made an appearance in Cass County District Monday afternoon, Sept. 10.

A preliminary hearing was set for both for 9 a.m. on Oct. 17.

Bail for Peightal was set at $250,000. Bail for Plouffe was set at $100,000.

Shawn Bear was being held at the Cass County Jail Monday on warrants out of Grand Forks, N.D., police said.

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