CHAMPLIN, Minn. (WCCO) – A 21-year-old Brooklyn Park man is accused of being one of two men to rob a Champlin bank at gunpoint on Wednesday, according to charges filed Friday in Hennepin County Court.
Boyd Jerome Morson II was charged with one felony count of aggravated first-degree robbery in connection with the incident.
According to a criminal complaint, Morson II was one of three people to enter the First Minnesota Bank in Champlin, located on the 11000 block of Jefferson Court, at about 9:58 a.m. Wednesday. Two black men entered the bank, and employees told police one of the men had a gun, jumped over the counter and went towards the bank vault.
At the same time, the other man took two employees to the back of the bank and had one of them open up the bank vault. The suspects stole about $13,000 from the vault before fleeing from the bank.
As authorities were responding to the robbery, there was a report of a vehicle on fire in the area of 107th Avenue and Unity Lane in Brooklyn Park. The vehicle was linked to the Champlin bank robbery, and authorities learned it was set on fire after the suspects put the money in a bag and attempted to flee the area, the complaint states.
Morson II later admitted to police that he was one of the suspects in the bank robbery and that they set the car on fire. He is facing up to 20 years in prison and up to $35,000 in fines.