No Bail for GF Bank Robbery SuspectsGRAND FORKS - A married couple charged with robbing a bank in Grand Forks Friday morning is being held without bail after making an initial appearance in Grand Forks County District Court on Monday.
By: Chris Bieri, Forum Communications
GRAND FORKS - A married couple charged with robbing a bank in Grand Forks Friday morning is being held without bail after making an initial appearance in Grand Forks County District Court on Monday.
According to a court affidavit, Johnny Michael Patrom, 19, pointed a hand gun at bank employees and smashed a computer monitor Friday morning just after 8 a.m. during a hold-up of Bank Forward at 1301 Ralph Engelstad Arena Drive.
Bank employees said Patrom’s wife, Amanda Rachelle (Phillips) Patrom, 18, was in the bank Thursday asking about opening an account.
Johnny Patrom, from Springfield, Mo., is facing five charges, most notably Class B felony armed robbery and terrorizing, a Class C felony.
Amanda Patrom is charged with accomplice to armed robbery, a Class B felony, and Class C felony possession of stolen property more than $500.
UND Police Chief Jeff Burgess said he was not able to release the total sum of money taken in the robbery.
Johnny Patrom also had an extradition hearing in front of Judge Karen Braaten, who ordered the couple held without bond.
Assistant State’s Attorney Carmell Mattison said Patrom would be prosecuted in Grand Forks before being sent to Missouri, where he has three active felony warrants.
At 8:30 a.m., officers arrested the couple near Al’s Grill & Catering, more than a half mile west of the bank.
The affidavit said Amanda Patrom was wearing a backpack with money from the robbery in it and Johnny Patrom told authorities, “I did everything,” after being given his Miranda warning.
Before locating the couple, authorities found their sliver Dodge Ram pickup with a flat tire near the UND Wellness Center.
Class B felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Class C felonies carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.