VIDEO: Hostages held at Minnesota bank during 9-hour standoff
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (ABC) — A dramatic hostage standoff at a Wells Fargo in Minnesota finally came to an end after nine tense hours.
Just before 2 pm on Thursday, police say a disgruntled customer, identified as Ray McNeary, walked into the bank upset about a prior visit. The manager quickly called 911, fearing for the safety of the employees and other customers.
“A short time later, we received a panic alarm, indicating that a bank robbery was in progress,” said St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson.
When officers arrived, they found McNeary was holding five employees hostage.
Four hours into the standoff, one hostage was seen leaving the bank with her hands up. Hostages were then slowly released over the course of the standoff.
By hour nine, McNeary was seen holding the last hostage near the bank’s entrance.
Then, the hostage leaped out the door as FBI agents and police rushed in to take the suspect into custody.
Thankfully, no one was injured.
Local investigators did confirm that McNeary took the hostages’ phones to go live on social media.
Authorities say McNeary has had a number of run-ins with the law.