Additional charges filed against Duluth standoff suspect

Cody Lee Walker-Nelson is accused of attempted bank robbery and of stealing guns in Superior.

Douglas County Circuit Courtroom, Superior, Wisconsin. (Jed Carlson /

A man involved in a Duluth standoff that lasted more than six hours Oct. 1 is facing additional criminal charges in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Cody Lee Walker-Nelson, 30, faces felony charges of attempted robbery of a financial institution, burglary with a dangerous weapon, theft of movable property, second-degree recklessly endangering safety and possession of a firearm by an outstate felon. The charges were filed Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Walker-Nelson was being held without bail at the St. Louis County Jail Monday, Oct. 18. He has been charged with 19 felony and two misdemeanor counts in St. Louis County District Court. A Superior residence is listed for Walker-Nelson in the Douglas County court records.

Walker-Nelson is accused of attempting to rob a drive-thru bank teller at gunpoint the afternoon of Oct. 1, according to the criminal complaint. He allegedly pointed a silver handgun at her, but she stepped out of view and he drove off. Through video surveillance, Superior officers identified the vehicle Walker-Nelson was driving as one that had been travelling the wrong way on the Bong Bridge from Duluth to Superior earlier that day, the criminal complaint said.


Cody Lee Walker-Nelson

RELATED: Man arrested in West Duluth standoff faces 19 felony charges Cody Lee Walker-Nelson's criminal complaint outlines a long list of events that allegedly occurred in Duluth and Superior before the multi-hour standoff.

Superior officers were also able to link Walker-Nelson to a residential burglary that same day in the town of Superior in which 10 firearms had been stolen, according to the criminal complaint.

When questioned, Walker-Nelson told Detective Griffin Coffman with the Superior Police Department that he had been driving over the Bong Bridge because he was out looking for guns for the purpose of killing himself, the criminal complaint said. He told investigators he had been up for days and was using methamphetamine. Walker-Nelson didn’t remember going to the bank, but he confirmed that he was the person in the surveillance photos and that the gun he was holding had been stolen, according to the criminal complaint.

Walker-Nelson told a Duluth Police investigator that he had stolen several guns from a Superior residence and that he had climbed through an open window to steal them, the criminal complaint said. A rifle recovered from Walker-Nelson following the standoff was linked to a burglary in the town of Superior through its serial number.

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Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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