Suspect ID'd, Was Arrested For Separate Offense But Released

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A warrant has been issued for a 35-year-old St. Paul woman who is suspected of robbing a TCF Bank in Blaine last week.

On Wednesday, Blaine Police responded to the incident at about 5:25 p.m. at the TCF Bank inside the Cub Foods on the 12000 block of Central Avenue NE.

The bank teller told police that the suspect, later identified as Shawna Marie Pearson, walked up to him and passed him a note that said, “give me the money!” She didn’t display a weapon, but kept one of her arms concealed. He then opened his cash drawer, placed money and a dye pack inside a bag, and gave her the bag. She then left.

The bank teller reported that over $2,700 was given to Pearson.

After requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect from video surveillance footage, authorities made the identification and showed the bank teller a photographic lineup containing Pearson. The bank teller positively identified Pearson as the woman who robbed the bank.

Authorities then tracked down Pearson’s address, but neighbors informed police that Pearson left her home, saying she needed to get out of town.

(credit: Blaine Police)

(credit: Blaine Police)

Records revealed that Pearson owns a blue 1994 Ford Van (pictured) bearing a Minnesota License place #779 AJY. That vehicle was impounded on the same day as the robbery after it was involved in a accident – both occupants were intoxicated. Pearson was identified as one of the occupants.

Pearson was taken to a detox facility, but was released and her current whereabouts are unknown.

Pearson faces charges of simple robbery and theft. She could face more than 10 years in prison if convicted.

Anyone with information should call the FBI at 763-569-8000 or Blaine Police at 763-427-1212.