Roseville woman, 23, pleads guilty to bank holdup

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 11, 2014 - 8:37 PM

Ranya Al-Huthaili is accused of robbing five banks in barely three weeks. Credit:

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A 23-year-old Roseville woman has admitted to robbing one of the five banks she’s accused of holding up in a less than four-week spree that stretched from the Twin Cities into western Wisconsin.

Ranya Al-Huthaili pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Minneapolis to robbing the Dairy State Bank of $2,350 on Sept. 9 in Menomonie, Wis., the last of the heists she’s accused of pulling off while trying to conceal her identity behind big, black sunglasses.

Al-Huthaili was arrested that night at Rosedale Shopping Center, where federal agents saw her buy a laptop computer with cash from the Menomonie robbery.

She has remained in custody ever since out of concern she would flee to Saudi Arabia, which has no extradition pact with the United States, according to court documents.

Al-Huthaili has passports issued by the United States and Saudi Arabia, and is a citizen of both countries.

Authorities also have noted that someone romantically involved with her called her mother and asked whether Al-Huthaili could flee to Saudi Arabia to “make this all go away.”

The FBI said the spree began when Al-Huthaili robbed the Klein Bank in Cologne, Minn., on Aug. 15. From there, the FBI said, she hit the First State Bank of Wyoming in Stacy, Minn., on Aug. 23, the TCF Bank in the Cub Foods on Broadway Avenue W. in Forest Lake on Sept. 1, and the First State Bank and Trust in Hudson, Wis., on Sept. 5.

Al-Huthaili, a 2008 graduate of Roseville High School, marked her 23rd birthday the day after the robbery in Stacy.

Her detention order notes that she has acknowledged robbing at least four of the banks. Sentencing has yet to be scheduled.

 

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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