St. Paul Man Pleads Guilty In Como Ave. Bank Robbery

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A 57-year-old St. Paul man pleaded guilty Monday in a federal court in connection to an armed robbery of the Park Midway Bank last summer, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Robert Lee Russell, Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of armed bank robbery. He was indicted on Sept. 9, 2010.

In his plea agreement, Russell admitted stealing $1,457 from the St. Paul bank located on Como Avenue on Aug. 4, 2010. He also admitted to putting the life of another person in jeopardy by using a firearm during the robbery.

According to authorities, Russell entered the bank at 2:30 p.m., pulled a mask down over his face and waved a handgun. After demanding and receiving money, Russell then ordered a teller to leave with him. Russell fled alone once outside.

The bank security guard ran to check on the teller and then chased to Russell. During the chase, Russell reportedly fired his gun at least one time at the guard

Russell was able to get away, but was later arrested after he crashed in what was reported as his getaway van.

Russell faces a potential maximum penalty of 25 years in prison for his crime.


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