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A 27-year-old Kansas man was charged Monday in connection with the Friday, May 29 robbery of the Anchor Bank in St. Paul Park.

Christopher Green of Junction City, Kansas, appeared in federal court in Minneapolis Monday, June 1 where he was charged with one count of bank robbery, which is a federal offense.

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According to a Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal complaint Green walked into the bank at 1030 Hastings Avenue at 9:40 a.m. on May 29. He was wearing a black mask and camouflage army fatigues and a ballistic vest.

Once inside the bank he opened the door to a teller area and said "Give me the money and everyone can go home," the complaint states.

Green allegedly took money from one of the drawers at the teller station and other tellers gave him their money.

He asked tellers to open the vault, but they said they were unable. He then asked for the manager and left the bank. The bank lost about $22,000 in the robbery, the complaint states.

A teller spotted the suspect leaving the bank parking in a silver Mitsubushi vehicle with out of state license plates. The teller reported the details to police and soon after a Cottage Grove police officer spotted the vehicle and a chase involving multiple law enforcement agencies ensued.

The vehicle led police and state trooper vehicles on a pursuit into Woodbury. The chase ended when the suspect vehicle got into a multiple vehicle accident at the intersection of Radio Drive and Valley Creek Road, a half block from the Woodbury Public Safety Building.

No one was seriously injured in the accident where police arrested both Green and his brother. Green's brother was in the vehicle during the chase, but has not been charged in the incident as of June 4.

Woodbury police are still investigating the incident, but said it is likely they will pursue charges against the driver of the vehicle related to the pursuit and accident, said Woodbury police Capt. Steve Wills

In the affidavit, Christopher Green told FBI agents his brother had nothing to do with the robbery and had no knowledge about what happened.

The brother was interviewed by police and said Christopher Green dropped him off at a gas station and picked him up after the bank had been robbed, The brother also noted that Christopher Green had taken his United States Army uniform and ballistic vest without his permission.

For additional updates on this story go to www.woodburybulletin.com and www.swcbulletin.com

Last updated Thursday, June 4 at 2:30 p.m.

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