Pursuit of bank robbery suspect ends with crash
Woodbury police and State Patrol officers arrested two suspects involved in a St. Paul Park bank robbery Friday morning after the suspect vehicle crashed into two vehicles near the intersection along Radio Drive and Valley Creek Road.
Local police have not released the names of the suspects, but FBI officials said the suspects may be charged in the incident as early as Monday.
The accident occurred around 10 a.m. Friday as police squad cars from multiple agencies pursued the driver, who was suspected of involvement in a robbery at the Anchor Bank in St. Paul Park about 45 minutes earlier, Woodbury Public Safety officials said.
No one involved in the accident was seriously injured, Woodbury police officials said.
The two male suspects were involved in the robbery at the bank located at 1030 Hastings Ave. in and left the scene in a vehicle.
Sources close to the situation said one of the men entered the bank wearing a mask and began shouting at employees as he abruptly entered the teller area. The suspect was in the bank only for a few moments, sources said.
Bank employees called police to report the robbery and offered a description of the vehicle, said St. Paul Park police chief Mike Monahan.
Local police agencies responded to the robbery and pursued the vehicle as it fled the scene and onto northbound Highway 61, Monahan said.
Woodbury police and State Patrol officers were positioned to join the chase when the fleeing suspect vehicle drove onto I-494 east and into the Woodbury city limits.
Several police vehicles tracked the suspect vehicle as it exited onto eastbound Lake Road and then north onto Radio Drive.
Police vehicles began to pursue the suspect north on Radio Drive when the suspect vehicle crashed a half block north of the Woodbury Public Safety building, located at Radio Drive and Valley Creek Road.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking over the case and the suspects are likely to be charged in federal court, said Woodbury Police Capt. Jay Alberio.
Following the robbery the FBI was conducting interviews with bank employees, sources said.
- Toni Lambert contributed to this story
Last updated Friday, May 29 at 4 p.m.