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Police: Man arrested after Sioux Falls bank robbery

Phillip Hanten
Phillip Hanten(Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 2:34 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - A suspect is behind bars after police say he robbed a Sioux Falls bank over the weekend.

Forty-year-old Phillip Christopher Hanten of Johnston, Iowa is facing first-degree robbery charges, according to police spokesperson Sam Clemens.

The robbery took place at the Wells Fargo on the corner of Cliff Avenue and Rice Street around 11 a.m. Saturday. Clemens said Hanten walked into the bank wearing a hooded sweatshirt and handed a teller a note indicated he wanted money.

Hanten did not show a weapon, but the teller thought he may have been armed by the way he was holding his hand in his shirt pocket. The clerk gave Hanten cash, and he then left the bank.

Officers responded to the bank a few minutes afterward. While police were investigating, another officer saw Hanten walking on Weber Avenue near Falls Park, which is less than a mile from the bank. Clemens said when the officer attempted to stop Hanten, he took a wad of cash and threw it into the air.

Police took Hanten into custody. Investigators confirmed he was the suspect from the robbery using the bank’s surveillance footage.

Hanten did not have any weapons on him, Clemens said. All the cash from the robbery was recovered.

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