UPDATED: Suspect in custody after attempted armed robbery

UPDATED 6/23: Robert Needham, 24, Bemidji, was booked into the Beltrami County Jail on June 23, 2021, at around 3 a.m.

Needham’s mugshot from Beltrami County Jail website at 6:55 a.m. 6/23/21


The Bemidji Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating the suspect in an attempted armed robbery.

Officers responded to the 2800 block of Ridgeway Ave. NW around 1 a.m. this morning after report of a gunshot and a silver SUV leaving the scene.

Officers located the vehicle and the driver said he was on the second-floor hallway of the apartment complex when a Native American male approached and demanded money.

When the driver said “no,” the suspect allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired a round at this person. Headwaters SWAT then responded to execute a high-risk search warrant at the apartment building.

A woman stated 24-year-old Robert Needham, Jr., of Bemidji, jumped out the second-story apartment window prior to the first officer’s arrival.

Needham is described as a Native American male with short black hair, standing at approximately 5’10” and weighing 170 pounds.

Needham is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone who sees him is urged to call 911 immediately.

Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin says not to approach him.

Citizens who can provide information about these crimes can report and stay anonymous through CrimeStoppers MN.

Tippers can also qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.

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