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Fargo man in a gorilla suit, armed with machete, arrested for threatening to blow up apartment building



FARGO, N.D.  – Fargo Police arrested a man in a gorilla suit for threatening neighbors at a north side apartment building. 26-year old Jorden Pickus was also armed with a machete.

Police responded around 12:30 a.m. Friday to the apartments in the 2700 block of 8th Street North, located west of the Northport Hornbacher’s, after a report of possible gunshots. Sgt. Travis Moser says officers were able to contain Pickus to one apartment and evacuated about a half dozen residents of the building. Pickus had threatened to blow up the building and everyone inside. Police determined he had been setting off artillery-shell size fireworks.

Officers were able to talk to Pickus for about two hours and eventually convinced the heavily intoxicated man to surrender. He was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation, cleared, and taken to jail on a charge of terrorizing.