Gunman robs St. Louis Park bank; it may have been 2nd visit

  • Updated: March 13, 2008 - 11:08 PM

The man is believed to also be responsible for the Feb. 1 robbery of the same TCF Bank, along with two robberies of the TCF Bank in St. Anthony.

Police are on the lookout for a masked gunman who may have robbed a TCF Bank in St. Louis Park for a second time Thursday morning.

He may also have robbed other banks in the area, authorities said.

The Thursday morning robbery began when the man threw a chunk of asphalt through the glass door of the bank at 8020 Hwy. 7.

He then vaulted a counter and entered a back room where employees were working, according to the FBI. The robber pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the workers and ordered them to the floor. He then made them put an undisclosed amount of cash into a canvas bank bag and left.

A dye pack in the money bag may have exploded after he left the bank, leaving red dye on the suspect's hands.

The man is believed to also be responsible for the Feb. 1 robbery of the same TCF Bank, along with two robberies of the TCF Bank in St. Anthony. He is described to be a black or Hispanic male, 25-35 years old, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, 180-200 pounds, wearing a black nylon stocking mask over his face, a gray hooded sweatshirt, a brown thigh-length down jacket, black running pants, white tennis shoes and black gloves.

Anyone with information can contact the Minneapolis FBI at (612) 376-3200.

ABBY SIMONS

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