ST. CLOUD, Min. (AP) – A man accused of holding five employees hostage at a Minnesota bank after a dispute was apprehended and arrested after an hour-long standoff, police said.
Police Chief Blair Anderson said at a late-night news conference that no one was injured on Thursday at the Wells Fargo branch in St. Cloud.
Anderson said the branch manager called the police at around 1:45 a.m. because he was concerned about the safety of those inside the bank during the dispute.
The suspect, Ray Rico McNary, 35, was dissatisfied about a prior transaction, according to the chief.
Anderson said many people had already fled the bank before officers arrived, but five employees were taken hostage.
“I can tell you that some of the employees were released by the suspect, and some ran outside for the flat door,” Anderson said. “The last hostage that was being held took its chance and made a run for the door.”
Anderson said that when the tactical units of the police department and the FBI fled and took the suspect into custody without incident. The chief said McNeary told police to call the FBI, and the federal agency was called and reacted to the incident.
McNeary was known to authorities before Thursday’s hostage situation. “We have had many contacts with this person for at least a decade, including violent crimes,” Anderson said.
It was not clear whether the suspect was armed during the hostage situation. The chief said investigators were sweeping the bank for evidence.
McNeary was booked into the Sterns County Jail. The online record does not state whether they have a lawyer who can comment on their behalf.
“We believe this is a painful moment for the community and our partners,” Wells Fargo said in a statement. Company spokesman Stacey Schiller said that bank officials are cooperating in local law enforcement and will do whatever they can to help the officers.
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