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Published October 29, 2012, 08:41 AM

Two men rob Tailgators in Fargo; police searching area

FARGO – Two men robbed the gaming area at Tailgators Sports Café, 1322 Main Ave., just before 9 p.m. Sunday, Fargo police and employees said.

By: Helmut Schmidt, INFORUM, Forum Staff Reports, inforum.com

FARGO – Two men robbed the gaming area at Tailgators Sports Café, 1322 Main Ave., just before 9 p.m. Sunday, Fargo police and employees said.

When the two men walked into the bar, one was wearing a mask and the other had covered his face with clothing and sunglasses, said police Sgt Jim Van Lith.

The men approached the gaming table staff, and one of them displayed a knife.

They then took money from the gaming table and left the bar through the west door, Van Lith said.

No one was injured in the robbery, Van Lith said.

Two employees of the Prairie Public gaming site verified that the site had been robbed, but declined to share further details until they had talked with their supervisor.

Shortly after 9 p.m., Fargo police squad cars were being used to set up a perimeter to the south and west of the sports bar and restaurant.

More than a half-dozen squad cars were stationed with warning lights flashing at corners from Main Avenue to Fifth Avenue South and from University Drive on the east to 15th Street South on the west side.

The scene at the bar immediately after the robbery was confused.

People walking to their cars in the east lot of Tailgators said they knew nothing about a robbery taking place, while four other customers calmly smoked outside the door.

Inside the bar, people were eating, drinking and watching football on bigscreen TVs. However, police officers in the west parking lot of Tailgators insisted that no one enter or exit the bar from that door.

Officers had to tell one small group of bar patrons that had been in Tailgators to go back into the bar and wait and not interfere with their investigation.

At one point, one of the patrons who had repeatedly approached officers flopped to the ground with an audible thump. But it was difficult to tell if he was in fact pushed, or had flopped backward of his own accord. He then jerked crazily, as if he was having a seizure, or had perhaps been shocked with a Taser. But then he quickly hopped to his feet.

At that point, police restrained the man, bending him over the front of a squad car, and then put handcuffs on him and placed him in the back seat of the squad car.

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