Officers were alerted to the incident in Minnesota at 2pm (8pm GMT) on Thursday. The criminals are locates inside a Wells Fargo bank in St. Cloud, with an unknown number of hostages. The standoff is still ongoing, with WCCO reporting only one hostage remains in the bank
Four of the captives had been released as of 8.00pm (2am GMT).
The hostages are all employees of Wells Fargo, and were released to cheers from onlookers.
There are no current reports of injures but police and FBI are working with SWAT teams to watch over the bank.
Journalists on the scene report the presence of armoured vehicles and squad cars from St. Cloud, Sartell and Sauk Rapids police, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.
Wells Fargo spokesperson Staci Schiller stated in a release: “We can confirm a hostage situation at Wells Fargo’s St. Cloud South branch, located at 200 33rd Avenue South.
“We are cooperating with local law enforcement and will do whatever we can to assist the authorities in their investigation.
“We recognise 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.”
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