Tenth metro bank hit by ‘Man in Black’ 16 Dec 11

The FBI is investigating whether the “Man in Black,” a suspect in 10 metro-area bank robberies in the last two months, was responsible for the bank robbery at M&I Bank in St. Paul on Wednesday.

The serial robber began his spree with armed robberies at Prior Lake State Bank on Oct. 22 and Paragon Bank in Shakopee on Nov. 1.

The suspect description in Wednesday’s robbery is similar to the 10 others. He has been described as a white man, approximately six feet tall and 30 to 40 years old. In each instance, the suspect was wearing a black ski mask, dark shoes, black gloves, blue jeans, and a dark coat or sweatshirt.

FBI spokesperson Kyle Loven told the Shakopee Valley News, “We are looking at the possibility that this could be the ‘Man in Black,’ but we can’t make a 100 percent determination as of right now.”

The FBI and Minnesota Bankers Association are offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Anyone with information on the robberies is urged to contact the FBI at (612) 376-3200.