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Published February 17, 2011, 03:26 PM

U.S. Bank Branch in Downtown Fargo Robbed

The FBI has identified the man arrested in connection with the robbery this morning at US Bank in downtown Fargo as Scott Evans Maxwell.

By: Dave Roepke, INFORUM

FARGO – The FBI has identified the man arrested in connection with the robbery this morning at US Bank in downtown Fargo as Scott Evans Maxwell.

Fargo police arrested Maxwell in the alley behind Hotel Donaldson and Rooters bar shortly after the US Bank branch at 505 2nd Ave. N. was robbed just before 11 a.m. today, said Lt. Pat Claus.

Maxwell, 36, has no permnanent address, the FBI said in a news release.

The bank robbery marks the second in Fargo in six days, following Friday’s robbery at Western State Bank at 4301 13th Ave. S. Prior to the pair of recent heists, no Fargo bank had been robbed since Aug. 3, 2009.

The FBI said that Maxwell, who allegedly had cash on him when arrested, is not a suspect in any other bank robberies. He is being held at the Cass County Jail, the FBI said.

Signs on the bank’s entrances said it was closed due to an emergency and were later updated to say the branch would be closed all day. A bank spokeswoman said the branch would reopen with its regular hours Friday. She also said local bank officials wouldn't be available for comment.

Lt. Pat Claus said police were alerted about the robbery at 10:56 a.m., and the FBI was notified.

Police used crime-scene tape to briefly block off the alley where the man was detained, and officers were seen inspecting a bag and canvassing for other evidence.

A nearby parking lot attendant and a bartender at JL Beers said officers asked if they had seen a man running south through the alley and across First Avenue North, but neither had noticed anyone running.

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