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A Bismarck man accused of stealing merchandise from Target and punching a store employee before fleeing on a bicycle has been charged with felony robbery.

Jacob Ward, 28, made his initial appearance in South Central District Court on Monday. He is accused of hitting a loss prevention employee in the forehead with a closed fist on Sept. 26 when the employee confronted him for allegedly stealing $107 worth of merchandise, a police affidavit says. The employee told police he suffered a concussion as a result of the punch.

Ward had been arrested on warrants and was being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center when police informed him on Friday that he would be charged with robbery with bodily injury. He is being held in lieu of $2,000 bail. No attorney is listed for him in court documents.

He is scheduled for an Oct. 14 preliminary hearing on unrelated misdemeanor theft and felony drug charges, according to court documents.

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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