Man in custody after spree of bank robberies in Minnesota, Wisconsin

Man in custody after spree of bank robberies in Minnesota, Wisconsin Photo: KSTP

Updated: September 17, 2019 02:24 PM

A man is in custody after conducting a spree of bank robberies last month. 

The Minneapolis Police Department issued a release on Tuesday, stating William Manuel Villanueva, 37, was arrested in connection with two bank robberies that occurred in Minneapolis on Aug. 12 and Aug. 24. The incidents happened at a Wells Fargo Bank located at 4943 34th Avenue South and another Wells Fargo Bank located at 4712 Chicago Avenue South


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During the investigation, authorities learned there were six robberies throughout Minnesota and one in Wisconsin, all with the same means reported and a description of a suspect that matched Villanueva's. The other robberies occurred on Aug. 19, Aug. 22, Aug. 24, Aug. 26 (twice) and Aug. 29. The following depicts the location and time of each incident:

  • Aug. 19 approximately 2:38 p.m., Midwest One Bank in White Bear Lake
  • Aug. 22 approximately 11:15 a.m., Citizens State Bank in Roberts, Wisconsin
  • Aug. 24 approximately 1:14 p.m., Wells Fargo Bank in Minneapolis (separate from two charges above) 
  • Aug. 26 approximately 2:05 p.m., Wells Fargo Bank in St. Anthony
  • Aug. 26, Associated Bank in North Branch
  • Aug. 29, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union in Alexandria

Villanueva has been charged with two counts of second-degree aggravated robbery by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

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