Fergus man charged for gunpoint robberyPublished 4:39pm Tuesday, August 24, 2010
A man Fergus Falls police picked up at the downtown liquor store on Tuesday is in jail for aggravated robbery charges after he allegedly stole $262 from another man at gunpoint.
James Fitzpatrick Helps, 30, Fergus Falls, is charged with first degree aggravated robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a fine of $35,000.
On Aug 6., the Fergus Falls Police Department received a call from a man who said he had been robbed the day before. He had waited to call out of fear for his safety.
According to the criminal complaint, the man stated that he, a roommate and a friend had been hanging out at his apartment and left to meet up with Helps, who the man had met before at a group gathering. While they were together, Helps requested that the man and his roommate drive him to his mother’s house, and they agreed.
On the way to Help’s mother’s house, the man and his roommate (who was driving) discussed paying the month’s rent. After they did, Helps asked the two for money, stating he knew that they had some because they had been discussing finances. He then pulled a handgun out of his pocket and threatened both men that he would shoot them if they didn’t give him some money.
The complaint goes on to say that the roommate managed to stop the car and escape, leaving the other man alone with Helps. The man gave Helps $62 out of his wallet, but Helps wanted more. Helps eventually removed the gun all the way from his pocket and pointed it directly at the man, threatening that he would “put it in” him if he didn’t give Helps more money. The man said he gave Helps two $100 bills before Helps left the vehicle.
The man later identified Helps out of a photo lineup before the arrest was made.Tags: robbery