Police arrest suspect involved in back-to-back armed robbery incidents

Monico Espinoza has been arrested for allegedly robbing the Bottle Shoppe in Moorhead and Rooters Bar in Fargo.

Monico Espinoza's mugshot.
Monico Espinoza's mugshot.<br/>
Cass County Sheriff's Office
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FARGO — A man has been arrested for allegedly robbing the Bottle Shoppe in Moorhead before committing a similar robbery at Rooters Bar in Fargo.

Monico Espinoza, 37, entered both establishments with a gun and held up the staff for money on Tuesday, Sept. 6, according to police.

The first robbery occurred at the Bottle Shoppe, 1314 1st Ave. N., at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to Sgt. Clint Stephenson of the Moorhead Police Department.

The man walked into the store, pointed a gun at a worker, then demanded money from them, police said.

The robber took an undisclosed amount of money and sped away on a bicycle, police said.


He then apparently headed to Rooters Bar in Fargo, where he pointed a gun at the manager and demanded cash. The manager gave the money to the robber, who then ran away.

Espinoza was later tracked down and arrested after witnesses and nearby security cameras identified him as the robber, according to Fargo police.

Fargo police arrested Espinoza for Class B felony robbery as well as a Class A misdemeanor for concealed weapon carry. A complaint will be filed against him with the Clay County Attorney's Office for felony armed robbery charges for the Moorhead incident.

Espinoza is being held at the Cass County Jail, according to a statement from the city Moorhead.

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