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Fargo Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Shooting During Taco John’s Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of North Dakota


FARGO - U. S. Attorney’s Christopher C. Myers announced that on April 19, 2016, Carl Eugene Smith, 24, Fargo, ND, pled guilty before U. S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to a two-count Indictment charging him with Interference with Commerce by Threats or Violence- Hobbs Act Robbery, as well as Use of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence.

On or about September 3, 2015, Smith and other co-conspirators were involved in robbing the Taco John’s restaurant located at 2601 32nd Ave. S., Fargo, as the restaurant was beginning to close. During the robbery Smith fired two shots, with one of the shots hitting an employee in the leg, causing injury that required medical treatment.

Judge Erickson has set sentencing for July 15, 2016, at the U. S. District Court in Fargo, ND.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) as well as the Fargo Police Department.

U. S. Attorney Christopher C. Myers is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 19, 2016

Violent Crime