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Taco Bell employee charged in robbery

Miachael Wanzek

An employee of a Fargo Taco Bell that was robbed at gunpoint last week has been charged in Cass County District Court with conspiring to rob the store.

Michael Vincent Wanzek, 20, made an initial appearance on the felony charge Tuesday. He is accused of agreeing with one or more persons to engage in the robbery at 1001 1st Ave. N. on Jan. 13.

Another employee at the store told police that Wanzek told her a day before the robbery the restaurant would be robbed. He told the employee, who was not present during the robbery, that he needed the money to fix his girlfriend's van and that his girlfriend's brother, Anthony Goodoien, was going to rob the store, court documents state.

Goodoien, 18, Fargo, has also been charged with conspiracy in connection with the robbery.

Goodoien was arrested Jan. 14 in the parking lot of 818 Oak St. N. in Fargo. Wanzek lives in that building.

Court documents state:

On Jan. 13, witnesses told police two men wearing stocking caps and bandannas stole a large amount of cash from the store's safe. The men entered the restaurant about 1:30 a.m., brandished a gun and demanded all the money in the store.

One of the men grabbed a female employee by the ponytail and jerked her toward a till, telling her to open a safe. The girl told police she felt a gun pressed against the back of her head as one of the men yelled out orders.

She told the men she could not give them the money and needed Wanzek to open the safe for her.

He opened it and the men fled on foot northwest from the restaurant. Officers called to the restaurant at 1:40 a.m. used a K-9 unit to track the men to a location about a block away, where police believe the men got into a vehicle, Sgt. Jason Nelson said.

Wanzek is being held on $10,000 cash or bond bail. His next court date is set for Feb. 19.

He did not return a message left at the jail seeking comment.