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Two adult females robbed at gunpoint; a case of mistaken identity in drug deal gone wrong

Posted July 27

— Early Monday morning the Beltrami County 911 dispatch center received a call that 2 adult females had been robbed at gun point outside a home in the 5200 block of 15th St. NW in Grant Valley Township.

In the 911 call it was reported that one of the females was in the process of leaving her home to enter a vehicle that had just arrived to pick her up and ride share to work, when they were approached by three men that had run up to them from a vehicle that had followed them to the home.

It was also reported that one of the males had a handgun and all three of them demanded money from the two women. The men were unsuccessful and ran back to their vehicle and drove off.

A 911 call was immediately made by the victims which included a detailed description of the suspect vehicle. A Bemidji police located the vehicle within blocks of the incident and along with Beltrami County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle, 23 year old Samantha Gourley, and four passengers, 26 year old Julian Jones, 23 year old Jerald Downwind, 28 year old Angel Smith and 23 year old Ned Green, all from Bemidji were all arrested without incident.

During a search of the vehicle, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office recovered two replica handguns and methamphetamine. The replica handguns were later identified as a BB type CO2 pistol and an Airsoft type pistol.

The investigation further revealed that the two victims of the robbery were also victims of mistaken identity. The armed robbery was the result of Gourley and Jones earlier not receiving illegal drugs that

they had paid for and were to be delivered to them but the person delivering the drugs took their money without delivering the drugs. The person delivering the drugs fled, driving a dark colored SUV

type vehicle.

The five individuals then began looking around the area for the person that had taken their money when they found the victim's vehicle, also a dark colored SUV, being driven to her mother's residence for their

early morning shifts at work.

Brandishing the handgun and demanding the money taken from them earlier, they soon determined that they had followed and approached the driver of the wrong dark colored SUV.

No one was injured during this incident but the female driving to pick up her mother- was later transported by Bemidji Ambulance for complications, possibly related to her pregnancy.

The investigation continues by the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office investigative division.

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