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Fargo man found guilty of kidnapping and perjury



North Dakota – Sharmake Mohamed Abdullahi was convicted guilty of kidnapping and attempted witness tampering, according to United States Attorney Mac Schneider’s announcement on December 9.

Abdullahi is a Fargo resident who is 31 years old, according to a news statement.

On October 19, 2021, Abdullahi kidnapped a grown lady while she was driving in Fargo, North Dakota, and forced her to drive him to a bank in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he made her try to use an ATM.

The woman managed to get away and sought refuge in a Gate City Bank.

Abdullahi’s attempts to sway and tamper with the woman’s testimony resulted in his conviction for attempted witness tampering.

On March 21, 2023, at 10 a.m., U.S. District Chief Judge Peter D. Welte will sentence Abdullahi.

“The FBI stands with its state and local partners across North Dakota and Minnesota in fighting violent crime. These partnerships continue to allow us to successfully investigate and bring prosecutions such as the case against Mr. Abdullahi,” said Acting SAC Jamie E. Rohrbaugh.

“The Justice Department has no higher priority than keeping Americans safe, and these verdicts are a product of the focus on reducing gun-related violent crime,” said Schneider.

The Fargo and Moorhead Police Departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Assistant United States Attorney Richard Lee, and Trail Attorney Marihug Cedeo all participated in the investigation of this case.