FARGO — Prosecutors have accused two men of assaulting a man in his south Fargo apartment and robbing him of about $3,000, according to documents filed Tuesday, May 14, in Cass County District Court.
Cory James Carlson, of Fergus Falls, Minn., and Jaylan Lavonne Black, no address given, are each charged with a felony count of robbery in connection with the home invasion, court papers show. Carlson faces an additional felony charge of terrorizing.
On the afternoon of May 6, Fargo police were sent to the apartment on a report of an assault. The victim told authorities he was with a woman in his apartment when she said she was going outside to smoke a cigarette and opened the door, court papers show.
At that point, Black and Carlson, who are in their early 20s, entered the apartment with handguns, struck the victim on the head, and asked where he kept his safe, court papers show. The victim told police he lost consciousness for a short period of time.
The victim was taken to Sanford Medical Center. He later told police that Black and Carlson tied his hands behind his back, adding that he had about $3,000 under his dresser before the robbery. Police could not find the money when they searched the apartment, court papers stated.
The case appears to have the makings of a possible honey trap, a plan in which bait is used to lure a victim.
The victim told police he previously sent the woman who was in his apartment a video that showed the cash he had stored. After the robbery, the victim said the woman blocked him on social media and would not respond to him, court papers show.
Authorities believe the woman was complicit in the robbery, but as of Wednesday afternoon, May 15, no charges had been filed against her.
Arrest warrants have been issued for Black and Carlson. Court records did not list attorneys for them.