Police: Suspect who held hostages at Minnesota bank arrested
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Dakota News Now) - Police in Minnesota say a man accused of holding five employees hostage at a bank has been captured after an hourslong standoff.
St. Cloud police Chief Blair Anderson says the suspect, 35-year-old Ray Reco McNeary, has a long criminal history.
Police say McNeary was involved in a dispute at the bank Thursday afternoon and the branch manager called police. Many people had run out of the bank by the time officers arrived, but five employees were held hostage. Some were released by the suspect while others made a run for it.
McNeary was arrested without incident. Online jail records didn’t list an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
Authorities are responding to a reported bank robbery and hostage situation at a St. Cloud bank.
Authorities have confirmed St. Cloud Police responded to a reported bank robbery just before 2 pm at the Wells Fargo on 33rd Avenue South. Authorities say an undisclosed number of bank employees are being held hostage inside.
No injuries have been reported. Police say this is an active and ongoing situation and are asking people to stay clear from the area.
St. Cloud Police Department is being assisted by the FBI and SWAT.
“We can confirm a hostage situation at Wells Fargo’s St. Cloud South branch, located at 200 33rd Avenue South. We are cooperating with local law enforcement and will do whatever we can to assist the authorities in their investigation. We recognize this is a traumatic moment for the community and our colleagues. The safety and security of our customers and employees is our most important priority.”
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