UPDATED: FBI identifies suspect in US Bank robbery downtownFARGO – The FBI has identified the man arrested in connection with a robbery this morning at U.S. Bank in downtown Fargo as Scott Evans Maxwell.
By: Dave Roepke, INFORUM
FARGO – The FBI has identified the man arrested in connection with a robbery this morning at U.S. Bank in downtown Fargo as Scott Evans Maxwell.
Fargo police arrested Maxwell in the alley behind Hotel Donaldson and Rooters bar shortly after the US Bank branch at 505 2nd Ave. N. was robbed just before 11 a.m. today, said Lt. Pat Claus.
Maxwell, 36, has no permanent address, the FBI stated in a news release.
The bank robbery marks the second in Fargo in six days, following Friday’s robbery at Western State Bank at 4301 13th Ave. S. There have also been three robberies at area Stop-N-Go stores since Jan. 23, the latest on Tuesday at 1462 Broadway in Fargo.
Prior to the pair of recent bank heists, no Fargo bank had been robbed since Aug. 3, 2009.
Claus said police have no evidence to link Maxwell to Friday’s bank robbery, and the FBI said he isn’t suspected in any other bank robberies at this time.
The FBI and Claus said Maxwell is alleged to have had cash from the robbery on him when arrested.
Maxwell is being held at the Cass County Jail pending formal charges. In addition to robbery, Maxwell faces charges of public consumption of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia, Claus said.
A bank spokeswoman said the downtown branch of U.S. Bank will reopen for regular hours on Friday. She also said local bank officials wouldn’t be available for comment.
Claus said police were alerted about the robbery at 10:56 a.m. and, with the help of witnesses, arrested Maxwell about three minutes later. The U.S. Bank branch downtown is about two blocks from the Police Department headquarters.
The FBI said the suspect demanded that a teller give him cash. He didn’t display a weapon, and Claus said he was aware of no reports that Maxwell had a gun on him when he was arrested.
Authorities didn’t disclose how much money was taken in the robbery.
For the full story, read The Forum on Friday.