Metro Street Crimes Unit makes 5 arrests tied to stolen vehicle case in Fargo
FARGO — The Metro Street Crimes Unit has arrested five people in connection with a stolen vehicle case, according to Fargo police.
Detectives found a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the Grand Inn, 3402 14th Ave. S., on Wednesday morning, Jan. 9, police said in a news release. While the detectives were waiting for assistance, a second vehicle pulled into the lot, driven by Michael Schwandt, the registered owner of the stolen vehicle, police said.
A passenger exited that car and got into the stolen vehicle with another person. Andrew John Patrick Collison came out of the Grand Inn and started running toward the stolen car, police said.
Before he could get to the stolen car, Collison was hit by the second vehicle driven by Schwandt. The second vehicle then struck the Grand Inn, police said.
The people in the stolen vehicle got into the second vehicle and fled the scene. Collison fled on foot, police said.
Fargo police officers managed to stop the second vehicle in the 2400 block of Ninth Avenue South. The driver, Schwandt, and three passengers were arrested.
Collison, 23, of Fargo was found near the Grand Inn. After a short foot pursuit, he was arrested and charged with marijuana possession, refusing to halt, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, false information to law enforcement and an outstanding warrant.
Schwandt, 19, of Jamestown is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and possession of marijuana wax.
The three passengers in the second vehicle were identified as Linda Lou Poitra, 24, with no permanent address; James Edward Martinez, 18, of St. Thomas; and Michael David Schaffer, 28, of Fargo. Poitra and Martinez were arrested on drug charges. Schaffer was charged with violating his probation, police said.
All five were being held in Cass County Jail Thursday night, Jan.10, according to the county’s online jail roster.