Police: Fargo man, 23, calls in fake robbery at M&H

FARGO — A 23-year-old Fargo man has been accused of making a false call about an armed robbery at the M&H convenience store on Main Avenue in Fargo on Friday afternoon, Jan. 11.

Fargo police said the Red River Regional Dispatch Center had received a phone call at about 12:50 p.m. from an unidentified man who said a robbery had just occurred at the gas station at 1602 Main Ave.

The man on the phone kept hanging up on the dispatcher, said police. A Fargo officer tried calling the number but was unable to get any information from the caller, who also then kept hanging up on the officer.

Officers were able to determine there was no robbery at any convenience store they checked.

The first call about a robbery came in just after a Metro Street Crimes Unit officer had spotted Brandon Richard Booth, who was wanted on warrants, driving by in a vehicle at 12:45 p.m. The officer was conducting an operation with the United States Marshal's High Plains Fugitive Task Force at the time.

The street crimes unit later found Booth's vehicle in the parking lot of the Grand Inn, 3402 14th Ave. S., set up surveillance and eventually took Booth into custody. Police said the phone used to call in the fake robbery was found on Booth.

Booth faces a charge of a false 911 emergency report.