Grand jury indicts Wisconsin men in Minnesota bank robbery
A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against two Wisconsin men for allegedly robbing a TCF Bank in Maplewood, Minn., on April 2. The indictment, filed in U.S. District Court this week, accuses Andrew James Larson, 24, of Eau Claire and...
A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against two Wisconsin men for allegedly robbing a TCF Bank in Maplewood, Minn., on April 2.
The indictment, filed in U.S. District Court this week, accuses Andrew James Larson, 24, of Eau Claire and Derek William Lombard, 26, of Cumberland of taking $13,709 from the bank, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.
According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, the bank was robbed at 2:30 p.m. April 2 by two men, later identified as Larson and Lombard. The men purportedly walked into the bank and ordered everyone to get down. At the time, one of them reportedly held what was later determined to be a toy handgun. The affidavit states the men jumped the bank counter, pulled open multiple teller drawers, and grabbed a large amount of cash before running from the bank and fleeing the vicinity in a stolen Dodge Charger.
A short time later, the men allegedly turned into a parking lot, where they abandoned the Charger in favor of Larson's Oldsmobile.
When officers from the Maplewood Police Department responded to the robbery, they spotted the Oldsmobile and what appeared to be the driver and a passenger changing clothes inside. As a result, the officers pulled alongside the Oldsmobile, only to have it speed away. A chase ensued but ended when the Oldsmobile crashed on Interstate 694. Larson and Lombard then exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
Subsequently, Lombard was arrested but reportedly fought with officers, freed himself, and attempted to commandeer a van. After pulling the van's driver to the ground but before stealing the van itself, Lombard was allegedly pursued again on foot by law enforcement. Ultimately, he was apprehended.
Larson purportedly hid in the outside sales area of a nearby Fleet Farm store. Law enforcement apprehended him with the assistance of a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter, which guided officers on the ground to his exact location.
If convicted, both defendants face a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Maplewood Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Dunne.