4 people freed from ongoing Minnesota bank robbery standoff

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A standoff between Minnesota police and an alleged hostage-taker continued into the evening despite the release of four bank employees.

St. Cloud Police Lt. Lori Ellering said officers responded to a reported robbery at a Wells Fargo branch a little before 2 p.m. She said it remained an active situation at 5 p.m.

Wells Fargo spokeswoman Staci Schiller confirmed “a hostage situation” at the bank’s South branch. The FBI is also on the scene.

Three women and a man were released from a Wells Fargo Bank branch in St. Cloud on Thursday. 

The first woman ran from the bank toward members of a SWAT team with her hands up. After being searched, she was escorted to safety.

Two women and a man were later emerged and were led to safety. It wasn’t immediately clear if other bank employees were being held against their will.

Police said negotiations were continuing and that there were no reports of injuries.

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