FARGO — A man accused of kidnapping a woman in Fargo and forcing her to drive to a Moorhead bank in an attempt to get money from an ATM has been federally charged in the case.

Sharmake Mohamed Abdullahi, 30, appeared Thursday, Nov. 18, in U.S. District Court for North Dakota in Fargo on one count of kidnapping. He’s scheduled to appear again Tuesday, when bond is expected to be set.

He could face up to life in prison if convicted.

Abdullahi initially was charged in Clay County District Court in connection to the Oct. 19 incident in which he allegedly pulled a handgun on a woman pulled over in her vehicle along University Drive in Fargo. Court documents said Abdullahi approached the vehicle and knocked on the window.

While pointing a gun at the woman, Abdullahi demanded she unlock the door, court documents alleged. She complied. He got in and told her to drive to Gate City Bank in Moorhead to withdraw money from an ATM, a criminal complaint said.

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The woman was unsuccessful in getting money from the machine, which Abdullahi said he needed for rent, according to the complaint. He told her to drive away as he held the gun to her hip, court documents alleged.

"The victim stated that she pulled over and told the suspect, 'You can kill me here.' The suspect then stated he did not want to shoot her and got out of the vehicle," the complaint said.

Abdullahi took the woman’s iPhone and threatened to kill her if she called police, the complaint said. After he left, she reported the crime to the Moorhead Police Department, and officers arrived at the scene around 11:13 a.m., court documents alleged.

Abdullahi was arrested Monday while an officer was responding to an unrelated call in Moorhead, police said.

The case in Clay County was dismissed due to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in North Dakota pursuing its own charge. Abdullahi also was charged this week in Cass County District Court in Fargo with kidnapping and terrorizing, but it’s possible that case will be dismissed, as well, to make way for federal prosecution.