Police: Man Robbed Bank, Waited In Lobby To Be Caught

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police say a man robbed a Minneapolis bank with the hopes of being caught.

Minneapolis Police were called to a Wells Fargo Bank on 800 Park Ave. just before 6:30 p.m. on July 7.

A bank employee said the robber, Hassan Muse Farah, had walked through the front entrance and gave one of the tellers a threatening hand written note.

The teller gave him money from the register. Then Farah, 20, walked over to a chair in the business lobby and sat down to wait until police arrived and he was arrested.

Police said Farah waived his Miranda rights, admitted to robbing the bank, and has been charged with second degree aggravated robbery.

They say he robbed the bank and waited for them to arrive just so he could be sent to prison or deported.

Farah remains in custody. Bail is set at $50,000.

  • Interesting

    I suspect someone is out for him, as if he were trying to be recruited for a gang and wants out without harm. Why else would you want to be in prison (or deported)? Those are desperate measures.

    • Gardoglee

      However, if it is a gang thing then hiding in a prison would do him no good, as the gangs have plenty of ways to get to him in prison. One thing I would wonder is whether he will be sent to a state prison or federal. That might give some clue as to why he would do this.

    • Sam I am

      I was thinking the samething. Maybe he is being recruited by a Muslim Cleric and he doesn’t want to blow himself up.

      • EZ

        If that’s the case, home is the worse place he could want to go. If he went back to his home country there is no doubt that he would be dead within days. My guess is that he is broke and can’t afford to go home and is using this to do it.

    • gummyballz

      I was reading thru the ignorant replies, thinking does anyone else see this guy is trying to hide for someone? ever watch prison break? I seriously doubt anyone just wants to go to jail and risk being deported…. desperate times call for desperate measures

    • http://shawnclark976.wordpress.com shawnclark976

      it shows how terrible america has become, used to be people want to come here. now people will commit a felony just to get out LOL. i know im leaving this sewer of a country asap too. not via that route but intentions are the same.

      • Caroline

        Thank heaven. please leave, and take all of you like minded idiots with you. Please leave the Country to those of us who care for it.

    • Massimo Deportado

      This is only the beginning. As the economy falls deeper into the Oilbama Depression, more and more deadbeats will realize that in jail, they are at least eating while the millions of the rest of us will barely survive hand-to-mouth.

      All of this can be thrown at the feet of the democrat party. Their “policies” have caused permanent damage to this once great country.

      WE FINISH THE JOB 2012. Our last chance.

      • A Concerned American

        You are one of the most ingnorant people to post on this site. This recession started becaus of Republican policies of GW Bush and this recession is going to last a long time. Obama saved this country from further damage. Stop the fear campaign and accept the fact that we have a great man as President

  • keel

    Who cares? Good bye, Farah.

    • Nasra Ahmed

      hassan muse i know him . i met him since i was young in willmar senior high school. he use live in willmar mn since . he was younger he live with aunt in willmar he was out house.. today He live in Minneapolis with him friends guys… i miss you friends hassan…. take care! Goodbye!

  • Hmmmm

    It must be bad if he wants to go home..because the main headline on MSN today is
    UN: Somalia ‘worst humanitarian disaster in the world’.

    Kevin and Studbolt: Your hate for the Somali community is infuriating…at one time a member of your family was an immigrant looking for a better life in America too.

    • Sam I am

      At least my ancestors worked and learned english. They did not force their religion or way of life on anyone. My ancestors did not collect welfare and lived responsibly,

      The Somali community thinks the world revovles around them and that they are entitled to the welfare benefits.

      Let them go back, their kind are not needed here.

      • Gardoglee

        Lot’s of earlier immigrants did not learn English, particularly the Germans, of which there are so many in Minnesota, but also Scandinavians among others. And all of the immigrant waves were looked at as lazy, shiftless, dishonet boozers by the immigrants who came before them. As to not forcing religion or way of life on someone else, unless you are Native American you really cannot make that claim, can you.

        • vik

          I am russian and agree… English is taught in schools all over the world ( was)… it is the world language

          • Colin Bryce

            @Gardoglee is right… in my own background, English took 2 generations to stick, and the old language was kept alive side-by-side.

            This country is built on the backs and brains of immigrants. And it’s the job of each new wave of descendants of immigrants to ridicule and hate the next wave.

      • Ogie Oglethorpe

        Assimilation into society is the big difference here. Our ancestors who came from Europe looked to assimilate. Ok, Tan Pup’s ancestors were isolationist d-bags it sounds like, but I know my family wasn’t.

        Somalians have ZERO interest in assimilating into American culture and being a part of American society. They want to recreate Somalia here. That isn’t going to happen.

        • Michele

          Okay, I think it’s time people started reading history again. Nobody wanted to assimilate. Even my own Irish and German ancestors didn’t. And if you live overseas for any time at all, you can witness any number of Americans who are too lazy to learn the home language and insist that the natives learn English. Fear of change, wanting to cling to our traditions and what’s familiar, that’s not Somalian. That’s HUMAN.

          • Grandson of a German War Bride

            You don’t speak for everybody, Michele. My family WANTED to assimilate, just as millions of others did. They learned the language before even coming over the pond. There was no fear of change. It was an embraced change from oppression to freedom. There was no attempt to cling to anything familiar. Don’t pretend to speak for everybody, when you quite clearly don’t at all.

            • Sarah in Outstate MN

              @grandson of a German War Bride,
              I am the granddaughter of a German War Bride who barely knew English and was fluent within 1 year. She did everything she could to lose her German accent, but never really did. My grandmother lived under Hitler and lost 60% of her family to mass murder. You are correct: they wanted change from oppresion and wanted freedom. She wanted nothing to do with Germany and other European countries who only fought Hitler because of land occupation.

          • Reality

            So far as I’m aware, the Somalis in the USA (virtually ALL of them, ANYwhere, here) were BROUGHT here by the U.S. government as a ‘resettlement’ effort to ‘get them out of harm’s way.’

            That’s one sheer, FAR cry from OUR ancestors, who came here of their own initiative, sweat and sacrifice to start a better life.

            • SG

              Well said.

          • Caroline

            i think it’s time YOU start reading history! I am a history major, specializing in 19th and 20th Century American History, with a minor in Social Science. People coming to this Country in the two centuries I studied DID want to assimilate QUICKLY, and in fact, they were ashamed of their backgrounds, quite often, and proud of their children quickly picking up the English language and culture. Often the parents learned English from their children in the evenings.

            • vik

              I came here at 6 and would have to agree.. we came from Russia for a better life… sadly, we are now becoming Russia..

              • W

                Wow and its only been a couple of hours!

          • vik

            michele you are a whack and ungrateful .. I do not take my freedom for granted and would suggest someone who dislikes America so much like yourself should spend some time in a country with like minded people… good luck, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out :)

          • Colin Bryce

            You sir (or ma’am – can’t tell with such an immigrant-style spelling of your name)… are dead wrong.

            Every true American is born that way, whether on pure pristine American soil or some skanky foreign country. English is the lingua franca (that means “only language you should speak” in some other dead language). When Americans are overseas (all 4 of them who have passports), they speak English as a favor to the heathens to enlighten and educate them.

            • YourMom

              you sir, are an idiot. ‘Merican intellects pales in comparison to the rest of the world’s. Every other country’s residents know multiple languages. Are you that stupid or willfully ignorant? Please stay in America, someone of your caliber would only receive a Darwin award if you were forced to survive somewhere else.

        • Applepie

          Assimilation is a word of the past. Today we keep hearing “diversity.’ That is from the word ‘diverse’ which means separate, apart, unlike, according to Webster’s. Diversity sucks! USA needs UNITY, not diversity, which brings ghettos–where outsiders are not welcome.
          Yes, assimilation is, sadly, frowned up. There’s no patriotism. I hate seeing foreign flags hanging from house windows and on car hoods. It sickens me. Maybe if young students again sang “God Bless America” daily in school, we could revive PATRIOTISM!

      • John Wayne

        What about the stolen land from the Native Americans Sam I am amiego????

        • 2manyusernames

          Except not a single square inch was “stolen”. That is silly. We took it by right of conquest just as the various native american tribes did – just as did every single other group of people on the planet.

        • Zorki1c

          What about the land the Normans stole from the Britains? Give the stolen land bit a break. It’s been happening since the beginning of time.

      • John Wayne

        Transformers yo!

      • Steve

        Careful thereTan Pup We’ll take away your green card

    • Morgangray

      Perhaps, but a goodly portion of *my* family had to learn the language, and they didn’t “come here”. They were *already here*!
      So, does that mean I have the right to grouse about *ALL* of you immigrants who came here, refusing to learn the language, imposing your ways on those who already had their own ways, and so on?
      The truth of the matter is: America was once “the great melting pot”. Now we’re “the great ice cube tray”. Every culture wants its own customs, language, and in the case of the muslims, their own laws and courts and punishments.

      This is America. The language is English. Learn it, love it — or leave it.

      Am I a racist?

      Yes – my race is human. Skin color doesn’t matter a tinker’s damn to me. I judge by actions. The actions of those who want their own culture in the midst of the American culture are offensive to *my* sensibilities.

      Or, do I not have a say, just because I’m Irish / Scots / Welsh and Seneca?

  • BruceC

    Fine, go ahead, deport him! Just tell him he has to SWIM home!

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  • Jean

    Can you say Megamind? These Somali’s and their gangs are infuriating! We have to pay to send him home. Where’s his money? Why doesn’t he pay his own way home? If he’s in prision…we pay for that too. What leaches!

    • Caroline

      He can’t pay is way home…we are paying for his SNAP card, rent subsidy, satellite tv and cell phone. He has no money.

  • Wayne

    Thats tell alot about this country in so many ways!

  • Kevin

    Actually. if he was homeless, going to jail would be a step up. A place to sleep, food/shelter, a place to work out. Maybe he also couldn’t afford a ticket back home. Seems like hes working the system pretty well if thats the case

  • The Bishop

    You could show a movie on that forehead!

  • cindy

    ACLU will have him out by mecca.

    • JeddMcHead

      Er… cindy… Mecca is a city in Saudi Arabia and considered a holy site by Muslims. Perhaps you meant Ramadan, a religious observance, which begins Aug. 1 (this year).

      As for the Somalian bank robber — I hope they deport using a catapolt.

    • Colin Bryce

      friggin ACLU. they think the constitution is some kind of guaranteed right or something. when will they realize that the constitution is just a piece of paper, and it’s our tea party that gets to make the laws. to quote George Washington, “we don’t need no stinkin’ bill of rights”

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  • dareisay

    I’ll chip in too!

    Now we are ending up supporting him with 3 meals a day, prison basketball, etc.

  • Penny Pincher

    Recently there was a man who robbed a bank in order to get free health care.
    I think there will be more and more of this kind of thing, people robbing banks to get caught on purpose, for 3 hots and a cot, or health care, or a ticket home.

    Immigration detention centers are no fun: they are run by CCA, owned by Jeb Bush. They are NOT comfortable places. The lighting is a weird orange that gets to people psychologically, and they keep it freezing cold in there and then charge for sweatshirts. They charge for everything there. If you’re broke you’re SOL, they even want money for a toothbrush.

    These prisons were built by a subsidiary of Haliburton. So are the FEMA prison camps that are now standing empty and ready for the coming unrest when the dollar crashes.

    • Ogie Oglethorpe

      And all he had to do was go to the clinic where he would have been treated instead. What a maroon!

      • 2manyusernames

        or more likely he didn’t rob the bank just to get medical treatment for some alleged and non-detailed illness. Refusing to go to a clinic or taking help from your family means you really didn’t need the medical care

    • Massimo Deportado

      Nice ad for your website.

      Go sit at the kids table….there, your evil haliburton stories may get SOME traction….

      • Caroline

        I, for one, am so grateful that Bill Clinton gave Haliburton a no-bid contract, same as Bush…isn’t it wonderful they both thought alike with that situation?

  • Dan_o

    Good luck with that. Don’t you know the president is counting on your vote next year? You can’t be deported. You are the ‘We’ in ‘Yes We Can’!

    • mel


  • Tyrone

    Dude why do you want to leave you could be president just like obama, this is the black mans land of opportunity.

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  • critterville

    liberals view of a great American.

  • Elmo

    The Feds won’t deport him until he serves his time. Then they deport them. People think the feds work fast. They drag their feet for years, spend a bunch of money. He will work in prison for 12 cents per hour for years making furniture for the Court system. Welcome to reality.

  • Frankenstu

    If he rally wanted to be deported he should rob a bank in Mexico where they have real imigration laws.

  • Fat Jeff

    I bet TSA would let him walk thru with no problems and then body cavity search the next 8 year old or grandmother

  • jimsplace

    Obama will pardon him out in time for 2012 election time.

  • tyv

    I Like It

  • Tan pup

    I’d rather pay a $1,000 for a ticket home vs. $89,000 a year to incarcerate him. If that is all it takes to send lazy people back to their home of ancestry, I think it’s time to make reservations for the MN state legislators who are holding the entire state hostage instead of sending them home (lazy people) with a taxpayer paycheck of $31,000 per year for 16 weeks of employment.

  • SG

    This sounds like a desperate cry for help.

    • Massimo Deportado

      Looks like you’ve been fooled AGAIN.

      Do you believe EVERYTHING the MSM spews?

      • SG

        If someone commits a crime with the intent of getting caught so they can be incarcirated or deported, there is clearly something not working.

        I don’t claim to know if he lost his job or is homeless or whatever but that isn’t the point here.

        This looks to me like a side effect of the bigger problem our country is facing in general. People are losing jobs and the economy is failing.

        I’m not saying what he did was right but it may have been the only way he could think of to survive.

        IF he had been from somewhere other than Somalia would your reactions be any different? What if he had been a 10th generation American that fell on hard times? Desparate times, desparate measures.

        Race isn’t the issue here. Our system is failing and needs to be fixed.

  • Karl

    How much would it cost to send 8000 plus home.

    • junior

      A lot less than keeping them here.

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