1 arrested, others sought in burglary
Charges could come today against a suspect in a violent home break-in early Thursday near North Dakota State University. Two college students were cut in the assault at 1012 14th St. N., but they weren't seriously hurt, police said. One victim wa...
Charges could come today against a suspect in a violent home break-in early Thursday near North Dakota State University.
Two college students were cut in the assault at 1012 14th St. N., but they weren't seriously hurt, police said. One victim was stabbed in the chest, the other cut on the hand, said Lt. Tod Dahle.
The male resident who suffered the chest wound told police he had heard a noise at the back door shortly before 3 a.m. When he went to check it, he saw three or four men standing at the unlocked door, Dahle said.
"They say 'Hi,' and as soon as they come in the door they put him in a headlock," Dahle said. "Basically roughed him up."
A second roommate responded to the noise and got cut in the hand. His girlfriend called police at 3 a.m. and told a dispatcher two strangers with knives had broken into the house, Dahle said.
The intruders wore bandannas over their faces, demanded money and took a camera and a cell phone, Dahle said. They ran when officers from the university and Fargo police arrived.
Fargo officer Sara Cruz found a man hiding under a pickup nearby and arrested the man without a struggle. Police identified him as Higuens Cine, 22, of Fargo.
Dahle said the residents identified Cine as one of the intruders.
The rental house where the burglary happened is less than two blocks from the NDSU campus. Behind it are soccer fields to the west and a parking lot.
Next-door neighbor Danny Olson described the area as a mix of college students, older adults and young married couples. Olson, 48, said he's lived almost 11 years in the neighborhood and wasn't worried about the attack.
"It's usually pretty mellow," he said.
An NDSU police officer had lived in the house until about two years ago, Olson said.
The victims told police they didn't know the intruders, but investigators are still determining if anything led the men to pick this particular house.
"We don't have very many events like this," Dahle said. "It would be unusual that it was just completely random."
One person who answered the door at the house Thursday afternoon said neither he nor his roommates wanted to talk about the incident. He also wouldn't give their names, which police are also withholding during their initial investigation and search for other suspects.
Two messages left at the Cass County Jail for Cine went unreturned Thursday. The 2002 Fargo North High School graduate listed his address in past court records as 2542 Villa Drive in Fargo.
Warrants for a DUI and a misdemeanor check case had been issued for his arrest. In 2002 he received a deferred sentence for a misdemeanor marijuana paraphernalia charge.
Fargo police don't believe the men suspected of the break-in had anything to do with a similar incident last summer in Moorhead that remains unsolved, Dahle said.
In that case, three or four men wearing bandanas forced their way into a house last July near Minnesota State University Moorhead. The intruders bound some of the seven students inside with duct tape and pistol-whipped one so badly he needed facial surgery.
The burglars, at least two of which had handguns, stole about $50, video game equipment and video games.
Prosecutors initially charged two MSUM students but dropped the charges.
No new arrests have been made.
Reporter Amy Dalrymple contributed to this article. Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Forster at (701) 241-5538