SW bank robbers remain at large

Suspects remain at large in two springtime bank robberies in the East Isles neighborhood.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Paul McCabe said the crimes were executed differently and not by the same people. McCabe said a U.S. Bank branch at 2546 Hennepin Ave. was held up March 28 by three masked black males, all armed with handguns. They entered the bank and made customers and employees get on the floor.

McCabe said the robbers put three of the four employees in handcuffs and pistol-whipped the other employee. He said the robbers made off with an undisclosed sum, exiting through the back parking lot and fleeing in a waiting car. McCabe said the FBI believes the suspects, ranging in height from 5’8" to 6 feet and in weight from 185 to 200 pounds, are also responsible for a January robbery of a Northeast Minneapolis bank because their technique was the same.

The April 10 robbery of the TCF Bank, 1444 W. Lake St., occurred at 10 a.m. McCabe said a lone black male in his late 50s, approximately 6 feet tall and 150 pounds, entered the bank and presented the teller with a threatening note demanding money. He added that the teller complied and the robber fled east on Lake Street with an undisclosed sum. He said the FBI also suspects this robber in a February robbery of a TCF bank by the University of Minnesota.

Anyone with information relating to either crime is asked to call the FBI tip line at 376-3200.