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Man charged with robbery: Baby 'needed some diapers'

A 19-year-old Fargo man arrested on suspicion of armed robbery Sunday night quickly apologized to police and explained "my kid needed some diapers," court documents say.

Samuel Bullock Jr.

A 19-year-old Fargo man arrested on suspicion of armed robbery Sunday night quickly apologized to police and explained "my kid needed some diapers," court documents say.

Samuel Bullock Jr., 2535 14th St. S., has been charged with felony robbery for an incident at Fargo's Expressway Inn at about 10:59 p.m. The charge carries a minimum mandatory four-year sentence upon conviction.

According to Cass County District Court documents:

A 39-year-old Welch, Minn., man told police he was in the hotel parking lot when a man, later identified as Bullock, drove up and asked for directions. The man then showed him what appeared to be a gun and demanded his wallet.

Police stopped Bullock on 25th Street South shortly after the incident because he was driving a vehicle matching the victim's description. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun, said Lt. Pat Claus.

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"That by no means diminishes the seriousness of the act," he said. "As far as the victim's concerned, they're staring down the barrel of a real gun."

Bullock apologized to the victim after his arrest, saying, "I know you won't forgive me, but I was down to my last dollar." He also told him where to find the wallet.

Fargo police received 19 reports of robberies in the city last year, according to 2006 crime statistics released by police earlier this year.

Bullock is being held on $3,000 bond or $300 cash bail.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Brittany Lawonn at (701) 241-5541

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