FBI and SWAT teams in Minnesota rushed to a hostage situation at a Wells Fargo bank in St Cloud on Thursday – surrounding the branch as a siege unfolded.
It wasn’t immediately clear how many hostages were involved, but witness photos show a major police presence on the scene.
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St Cloud Police Lt Lori Ellering told SC Times authorities were unsure how many employees were inside the bank as the situation unfolded.
“There are an undisclosed number of bank employees being held hostage inside,” Ellering said.
“There are no reports of injuries. The SCPD and FBI are working together on this incident and are working with SWAT resources on scene.”
Around 7pm, local media reported that two hostages had since been released, but it was still unclear how many remained inside.
A Wells Fargo spokesperson confirmed the situation to KARE 11 in the afternoon.
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“We can confirm a hostage situation at Wells Fargo’s St. Cloud South branch, located at 200 33rd Avenue South,” they said.
“We are cooperating with local law enforcement and will do whatever we can to assist the authorities in their investigation.
“We recognize this is a traumatic moment for the community and our colleagues. The safety and security of our customers and employees is our most important priority.”
Officers responded to the Wells Fargo shortly before 2pm local time, and the situation was still ongoing hours later.
Around 6.30pm, one woman — who may have been a bank employee — came out of the building with her hands up.
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Another person was released shortly thereafter.
There have been no reported injuries yet, but the situation is considered active and ongoing.
Police and FBI were both on the scene.