crime and punishment

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Ray Reco McNeary holds 5 hostages inside Wells Fargo bank in St. Cloud

Ray Reco McNeary (©St. Cloud Police Department)
Ray Reco McNeary (©St. Cloud Police Department)

Ray Reco McNeary, 35, of Waite Park, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States has been arrested. He was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and five counts of armed kidnapping.

On May 6, 2021, McNeary was due in court in connection to a violent offense. At around 1:45 p.m. that day, he walked into a Wells Fargo branch on 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

McNeary was allegedly disgruntled because of a previous transaction, causing all customers to flee the bank. Five employees were left inside the bank and were held hostage by McNeary and at around 1:48 p.m., the branch manager called 911.

When St. Cloud Police Department officers arrived at the bank, McNeary asked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be called in. Members of an FBI tactical team and a crisis negotiation team did arrive and they spent hours to be in open communication for hours with the hostage-taker, CBS Minnesota reported.

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The first four hostages were released just before 6:30 p.m., at around 7:45 p.m., just after 7:50 p.m. and just after 8:00 p.m. As the fifth hostage rolled out of the front door, St. Cloud Police Department officers and the FBI tactical teams moved in to storm the building and arrested McNeary without incident at around 10:15 p.m.

“I can tell you that some employees were released by the suspect, and some flat out ran for the door,” ABC News quoted St. Cloud Police Department chief Blair Anderson as saying. “The last hostage that was being held took his chance and made a run for the door.”

McNeary was booked into the Stearns County Jail in St. Cloud. was actually due in court Thursday in connection to a violent offense.

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