MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two men were arrested Monday night in St. Paul that police believe were involved in the TCF Bank robbery in Uptown, where mace was used as a weapon.
Greg Scott Tyler, 49, and Orlando Vasquez, 40, are in Hennepin County Jail on a probable cause hold.
The robbery happened at a TCF Bank located at 1444 W. Lake St. around 9 a.m. when the robber handed a bank teller a demand note, according to a Minneapolis FBI report.
The teller complied with the demand and handed the man an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber then asked for more money, but the teller told him he had no more to give.
The robber then attempted to mace the teller, but the trigger mechanism on the mace can failed, the report said. The robber left the bank and entered a stolen 1996 Acura, which was driven by another man who had been waiting to pick up the robber.
After leaving the area of the bank, the Acura crashed on the corner of South 24th Street and Bryant Avenue South in Minneapolis. The Acura crashed into a BMW with two people in it and hit several other parked cars.
The people in the BMW suffered minor injuries, according to the report.
After abandoning the Acura, the robber, who was bleeding from the face, and the Acura driver happened upon a woman warming up her car while getting ready to go to work. The robber attempted to steal her Ford Taurus, but the woman resisted.
The robber then told his accomplice to shoot her and the woman ceased her struggle with the robber. No weapon, however, was observed. The woman suffered no injuries.
The robber and the accomplice fled in the woman’s Taurus, heading southbound on Colfax Avenue.
Police don’t have any information at this point regarding where the men were arrested or what led to their arrests.