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2 men held, another sought for Moorhead robbery, assault charges

Travis Blueshield1 / 2
Jonathan Thompson2 / 2

MOORHEAD — Two men are in jail and a third is being sought on charges tied to the alleged robbery and assault of another man who had helped plan a burglary then tried to back out, according to court documents filed in Clay County District Court.

Travis Blueshield, 25, and Jonathan Thompson, 26, were being held Friday, Oct. 6, in the Cass County Jail, awaiting extradition to Clay County.

Another man, Robin Heinonen, 26, is still being sought, Clay County Attorney Brian Melton said.

All three face Clay County felony charges of first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and first-degree conspiracy to commit burglary.

According to court documents:

On Sept. 30, Moorhead police were sent to an address in the 1100 block of 25th Avenue South to take a report of a robbery.

There, officers spoke with the victim. The man told police that he and his girlfriend had met Blueshield and began planning a burglary of a home in the 1100 block of 25th Avenue South.

The victim, his girlfriend and Blueshield, along with Thompson and Heinonen, went to the home. When they arrived, the victim got cold feet and didn't want to commit the burglary.

Blueshield, Thompson and Heinonen became upset with the victim, who said Heinonen pointed a sawed-off shotgun at him, while Blueshield and Thompson pulled him out of the vehicle.

The victim said he fought the three men and was knocked unconscious. The three men then took off in the victim's vehicle, which police later recovered, according to court documents.

Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including K-12 education, Fargo city government, criminal justice, and military affairs. He is currently one of The Forum's business reporters.

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