FARGO — Police have arrested two more young people who they accuse of being involved in Saturday's riot in downtown Fargo, as they continue to look to identify others involved in the peaceful protest that turned violent.
The two arrested on Tuesday, June 2, were Fargo resident Abdimanan Bana Habib, 21, who is currently in the Clay County Jail in Moorhead awaiting extradition on a felony charge of arming rioters, and a juvenile who was arrested for felony criminal mischief and is in the Juvenile Detention Center.
A statement Tuesday night said city police detectives and members of the Metro Street Crimes Unit "have been working tirelessly to identify individuals involved in Saturday night's riot."
In a Facebook post on the police department's website they also have posted photos of 18 additional individuals who are "persons of interest" regarding criminal activity in the riot. Some are seen holding rocks or other objects in their hands.
Police said anyone with information is asked to text a tip to 701-730-8888 or call the tip line at 701-241-5777.
The violence erupted after a daylong peaceful protest in the city. The riot involved throwing rocks at police, jumping on a police vehicle, breaking windows in downtown businesses and some minor looting.
Nine other people were charged on Monday in Cass County District Court in connection to the violence, with seven facing misdemeanor counts and two facing felony and misdemeanor charges.
The two with felonies who were officially charged Monday were:
- Errick Steven Toa, 33, of Fargo, for felony inciting a riot and felony terrorizing. He also faces misdemeanor charges of engaging in a riot and criminal mischief. Toa is accused of climbing onto the hood of a Fargo squad car that was occupied by a sergeant and a detective and kicking the vehicle's windshield, causing $2,000 worth of damage.
Teddy Anthony Mata Jr., 26, of Fresno, Calif., who faces a felony charge of arming rioters and a misdemeanor charge of engaging in a riot. The felony charge alleges Mata was knowingly armed with a firearm while engaging in a riot.