FARGO — A 21-year-old Fargo man accused of a days-long crime spree across the city of Fargo that included multiple armed robberies, two burglaries and vehicle thefts faces 10 charges after surrendering to police Thursday, June 10.
Police initially suspected Hunter David Havisto committed a string of four armed robberies starting Tuesday, but charges filed Friday in Cass County District Court revealed an additional robbery last weekend connected to the alleged crime spree.
According to charging documents:
The alleged crime spree began Sunday morning, June 6, when Havisto entered Tropical Smoothies, 2424 13th Ave. S., and slid a note to the clerks saying he had a knife and wanted all of the money in the till.
As Havisto ran out of the store, one of the employees chased him for a short while, but Havisto told him to stop the chase or he would hurt him with the knife.
On Tuesday night, Havisto allegedly threatened to shoot a money center clerk at the 13th Avenue Walmart in Fargo unless the clerk gave him $700.
When told by the employee that the money was in the safe, Havisto fled the store in a Ford Taurus, which police later learned belonged to his girlfriend.
About 45 minutes later, police responded to a report of an armed robbery at Casey's General Store, 2902 13th Ave. A man matching Havisto's description took money from two cash registers — grabbing money from one of the tills himself — and then fled in the Taurus.
On Wednesday afternoon, an armed robbery at the M&H convenience store on Main Avenue spurred police to begin an extensive search for Havisto.
Police said they identified Havsito by a phone number he used to call in an unfounded robbery at The Bowler minutes before the M&H robbery. With the help of police dogs, they also found a backpack near M&H containing Havisto's photo ID and some of the clothes he was allegedly wearing in the robbery.
After the M&H robbery, officers spotted Havisto at a gas station and he fled in a blue Saturn sedan that he is charged with stealing from a home near the convenience store. The accused robber had entered a home and took cigarettes, work boots, car keys and the Saturn.
An extensive ground search then began in an area south of 13th Avenue without success on Wednesday night. Around that time another resident reported damage to a shed with a bicycle stolen. In the shed were a face mask and blue jeans with $275 in the pocket.
Police could not locate Havisto on Wednesday night, and on Thursday, the crime spree continued.
Around noon Thursday, a Toyota Matrix was stolen from the Kum & Go gas station on 13th Avenue when the owner was inside to prepay for gas. A witness described a suspect matching Havisto's description and said he had driven off at high speed.
About a half-hour later, police responded to the Mister Money payday loan and pawn shop on 33rd Street near the Cash Wise Foods grocery store where Havisto is charged with displaying a gun and taking an undisclosed amount of money.
As the suspect was leaving, an employee shot at the vehicle's rear window from about a car length's away, just outside the front door. It's believed the car was the Toyota stolen at Kum & Go less than an hour before.
Police found the stolen car at the Community Family Market at 602 23rd St. S. at about 2 p.m. Video from the area showed a shirtless Havisto getting out of the stolen vehicle. A black BB gun and a phone thought to belong to Havisto were found inside the car.
Officers then found Havisto nearby at an apartment building at 2121 Ninth Ave. S., where he was arrested without incident after police said they "talked him out" out of the apartment.
Detectives later attempted to interview Havisto, but he refused to talk, only saying he "was framed."
Police took him to the Cass County Jail, where he remains in custody.
Havisto faces four counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery for the incident at Walmart, two counts of burglary for breaking into the home and shed and three counts of property theft for the two stolen vehicles and the bicycle.
Havisto pleaded not guilty on Friday to the three misdemeanor theft charges, according to court records. The records do not list pleas to the felony robbery, attempted robbery and burglary charges, but Havisto is scheduled to appear in court again on July 14.