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Two accused of robbing man, leaving him by side of road without clothes

Christopher Martell1 / 2
Nikola Wuitschick2 / 2

MOORHEAD — A man and a woman are accused in Clay County District Court of leaving a man on the side of the road after robbing him and stripping him of his clothes.

However, they left the victim with cigarettes, a lighter and some Gatorade, according to court documents.

Christopher Allen Martell and Nikola Brooke Wuitschick are each charged with one count of first-degree aggravated robbery and one count of second-degree aggravated assault in connection with the incident.

The victim told a Clay County sheriff's deputy that on Sept. 1, Wuitschick, 24, drove him to a spot near Kragness, Minn., where she pulled the vehicle to the side of the road.

Then, he told authorities, Wuitschick went to the back of the vehicle and opened the rear hatch.

The victim said Martell, 24, got out of the hatch armed with a knife and told him to strip off his clothes, court records say.

The man said he took off his clothes and threw them in a ditch, at which point he said Martell and Wuitschick took his belongings, which included a cell phone, a backpack, a wallet with $400 in cash, and medications, the court documents said.

The victim said the couple took off, but left him with a bottle of Gatorade, a pack of cigarettes and a lighter.

A detective located Wuitschick and Martell in Fargo on Thursday, Sept. 6 and after conducting a traffic stop took both into custody.

A knife matching the description given by the victim was found on the driver's seat of their vehicle, court records said.

Wuitschick said Martell, who is her boyfriend, was angry after the victim propositioned her over Facebook, the court documents said.

She told police Martell was hiding under a blanket in the back of their vehicle when she picked up the victim and she said she and Martell discussed robbing the victim beforehand, court documents said.

Wuitschick said she was playing solitaire while Martell held the victim at knifepoint, court records show.

Martell and Wuitschick were being held in the Cass County Jail Friday evening, Sept. 7.

Martell has a record that includes a conviction in Clay County District Court for second-degree aggravated robbery stemming from an incident in 2016.

In that case, Moorhead police were called to a residence in south Moorhead on Sept. 27, 2016.

A resident told police a man and a woman came to his home and the man fired a shotgun into a wall before leaving.

The resident said he earlier told the woman that he had methamphetamine in his home in an attempt to get her to come over, but he denied actually having methamphetamine.

The resident said the man with the shotgun, later identified as Martell, demanded drugs before firing the gun and leaving.

In that case, Martell pleaded guilty to second-degree aggravated robbery. He was sentenced in April 2017 to two years and three months in prison for his role in the incident and he was given credit for having served 192 days of that sentence.