MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 37-year-old West St. Paul man has been sentenced to 175 days in jail, 10 years of probation and a $200 fine in connection with a bank robbery in May.

Police say Lewis Ross entered the TCF Bank in West St. Paul on May 31, showed a teller a note, which stated he had a gun, and demanded money.

The teller gave him $200, which contained a dye-pack, and Ross fled the scene.

At a nearby store, an employee told police he saw a man fitting the robber’s description running through the property and dropping some items behind the business. Police located the area identified by the employee and found items worn by the robber and red-stained fragments of money. They also found an envelope covered in red dye with a note that said, “I have a gun please don’t make me use it give me the money before it get ugly okay.”

Police tracked Ross down at his apartment and took him into custody. Ross told police his landlord told him he needed to come up with rent money that day or he would be evicted.

He said after he took the money from the bank, it began “smoking
red” so he threw it on the ground.

Officers noted several red stains in Ross’ apartment, including red-stained towels and red stains on his socks, fingers and hands.

Ross pleaded guilty to second-degree aggravated robbery on July 27.

Comments (7)
  1. Gosh a'mighty says:

    Gee, 175 days in jail. That’s quite a deterrent all right. I’ll bet Mr. Lewis Ross won’t be committing any more crimes in this city.

  2. Jeff says:

    At least he won’t have to worry about being evicted over the next 175 days…..

  3. rj says:

    Poor thing, just about to turn his life around.

  4. Taylor J says:

    Then he can get an EBT card when he gets out, goto the market in st. paul and exchange that for cash. He should be good to go

  5. Kevin says:

    What POS judge would give someone 175 days for Bank Robbery? Isnt that a Federal charge? Good God…..this state keeps stinking and sinking!

  6. markH says:

    After reading his note, I think the jail sentence and the time he spent in school are about the same.

    That said-a 175 day sentence for bank robbery is absurd. I would think there are many desperate people out there who would risk 6 months in jail for a chance at free cash; nice message Your Honor!

  7. Scott Alan says:

    Don’t children learn that’s it’s not right to judge? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, Man am I funny!

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