A Minnesota bank robbery video is going viral because it allegedly shows suspect Ryan Liskow returning to the scene of the crime for the second time — in the middle of a live TV news report! Rochester police managed to arrest the alleged bank robber, but not before he could make the ultimate fail video for the world’s entertainment.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, a man in a wheelchair managed to rob a bank in New York, escape with the cash, and evade the NYPD.
Rochester police say 36-year-old Ryan Liskow of Rochester may be responsible for at least two bank robberies at the same bank. Authorities and bank employees believe Liskow is the same man who robbed Sterling State bank earlier in the week on Monday. In both cases, the Minnesota bank robbery involved a van matching the description given to police. Surveillance also showed a man who appears to be similar to Liskow.
“Similar clothing, similar build, same method–he provided a note similar to Monday’s note asking for money,” said Lt. Mike Sadauskis of the Rochester Police Department. “We had corroborating information over the last 24 hours so we believe we know who it was, and it is in fact that person.”
On Tuesday, KIMT News 3 reporter Adam Sallet was about to start a live TV report on a string of Minnesota bank robberies when suddenly an employee from Sterling State Bank ran up to report that the bank robber had struck once again.
“It’s that guy right there,” the bank employee said, according to KIMT.
Although the cameraman for the live video report never actually focused on the bank robber, Sallet is shown pointing at the bank robber before he decided to call 911.
“Oh, that’s the robber!” Sallet said. “This is live TV, folks! That’s the robber [that] just went by according to the bank employee. So, I got to go here and call 911. I’ll talk to you later.”
According to KTTC, the bank robber had escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash in each of the two robberies. Sallet later tweeted that the Rochester bank robbery suspect was apparently the same man.
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A police officer happened to spot the van described in the incident while traveling on Highway 52. The officer trailed Liskow until the Minnesota State Police troopers could arrest him.
Sterling State Bank president Justin McNeilus also released a statement shortly after the suspect in the Minnesota bank robbery video was arrested.
“Sterling State Bank is thankful that none of our employees were harmed during the robberies that took place at our North Rochester office. We are also grateful for the fast, professional response from law enforcement in arresting a suspect in these robberies. It is our sincere hope that this individual will not be able to cause any further harm. While incidents like these are rare, it is important to know that Sterling State Bank’s internal training processes emphasize employee and customer safety above all else. All Sterling State Bank branches remain open for business and I want to personally extend a warm welcome to everyone in the community to stop in and say hello to our great staff.”
Reports do not indicate whether Mr. Liskow was armed with a deadly weapon, but if he is charged with aggravated robbery, then the 2015 Minnesota statutes require that he “may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 20 years or to payment of a fine of not more than $35,000, or both.” If Liskow ever implied that he was armed with a dangerous weapon, then the punishment for a Minnesota bank robbery includes up to a 15-year sentence, up to a $30,000 fine, or both.
[Image via Rochester Police Department]