A bank robber’s hopscotching around Twin Cities suburbs has come to a halt with his arrest nearly a month after he started, according to charges.
Jayvon D. Gant, 26, of Bloomington, was charged in federal court in St. Paul last week with holding up banks in Blaine, Bloomington, Cottage Grove, Fridley and Oakdale, and attempting to rob a bank in Edina. Gant remains jailed in Sherburne County without bail.
FBI agents allege that Gant’s actions in each instance from May 9 to June 7 were virtually the same. He would give a teller a note demanding money, express that sentiment in spoken words, and demand that the note be given back to him.
He wore “a similar combination of clothing,” most distinctly a yellow-and-black head scarf and various new sneakers, the criminal complaint read.
Gant also “kept a cellular telephone pressed against his ear and appeared to talk on the phone throughout the robberies,” the complaint continued.
The banks Gant targeted were U.S. Bank, 231 County Road 10 NE., Blaine; TCF Bank, 5205 Central Av. NE., Fridley; Wells Fargo Bank, 5116 Vernon Av. S., Edina; TCF Bank, 7115 East Point Douglas Road S., Cottage Grove; U.S. Bank, 7620 10th St. N., Oakdale; and Premier Bank, 500 W. 98th St., Bloomington. He fled with cash at all but the Edina bank, according to investigators.
Following the Bloomington holdup on June 7, law enforcement located Gant about 3½ miles to the west at his third-floor apartment. According to the complaint, he leapt from his balcony to the one a floor below, where he broke the sliding glass door, entered the apartment and was confronted by pursuing officers.
He jumped from the balcony again, this time to the ground, where he was apprehended, the court filing read.
During the robbery spree, Gant was on probation for robbing a bank in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Hurst.