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Man In Black

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‘Man In Black’ To Serve 14 Years For 31 Bank Robberies

A bank robber nicknamed “Man in Black” has been sentenced to 14 years for robbing 31 banks. Mark Wetsch, who’s since changed his name to Sheik Bilaal Muhammad Arafat, pleaded guilty to six robberies.

05/19/2014

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‘Man in Black’ Suspect Pleads Guilty To Robberies

An ex-convict dubbed the “Man in Black” bank robber has admitted stealing more than $110,000 in 31 bank robberies across Minnesota.

05/06/2013

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Alleged ‘Man In Black’ Indicted For 13 Bank Robberies

A Minneapolis man who authorities believe may be the serial bank robber called “Man In Black” has been indicted in federal court.

On Thursday afternoon, Mark Edward Wetch, 49, was charged with 13 counts of armed bank robbery in connection to 13 bank robberies between March 9, 2011 and Jan. 3, 2012.

His indictment alleges that Wetsch robbed a bank in Brewster, Alexandria, Hastings, St. Peter, Albertville, Richfield, Gaylord, Hampton, Faribault, Eden Prairie, Cologne and two in Minneapolis.

The amount Wetsch allegedly stole is said to be approximately $69,104.

If convicted, Wetsch could face up to 25 years in prison for each charge.

02/09/2012

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Minneapolis Man Charged In SW Minn. Bank Robbery

A Minneapolis man is charged in a bank robbery in southwestern Minnesota as authorities investigate whether he is responsible for dozens of other bank robberies in the state.

01/05/2012

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FBI: Bank Robber Arrested, Possibly ‘Man In Black’

A 49-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly robbing a bank in Brewster, Minn. Authorities say they are investigating whether or not he is the “Man in Black” serial bank robber.

01/04/2012

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FBI: ‘Man In Black’ Robs Another Bank

A bank robber, who has been called the “Man in Black,” has struck again.

12/08/2011

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‘Man In Black:’ Authorities Hunting For Metro Bank Robber

Local police and federal agents are on the hunt for the guy nicknamed the “Man in Black.” He’s a bank robber whose M.O. has been dressing in black clothing head to toe while holding up at least six Twin Cities banks at gunpoint.

12/07/2011