Fargo bank robbery suspect had cash in pants
The man accused of the Thursday morning robbery at U.S. Bank had a cloth bag holding $402 in cash hidden in the crotch of his pants when arrested, police say.
Though potential federal bank robbery charges are still pending against Scott Evans Maxwell, 36, there were two misdemeanors filed against him in Cass County District Court on Friday: one for theft and another for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Court records filed with the charges claim Maxwell handed the cloth bag to a teller at the bank and said, "Nothing funny. Put everything you have in it now. No alarms. No cops."
An alarm did go off at the bank at 10:56 a.m. Thursday. Maxwell was arrested about three minutes later in an alley near the bank branch at 505 2nd Ave. N.
After being detained by an officer, Maxwell initially said he'd stopped by the bank to ask about when the library opened.
According to the police report filed with the state charges, Maxwell smelled of alcohol and allegedly had a bottle of vodka and a marijuana pipe on him when arrested. Police say Maxwell told officers he had been living in area homeless shelters.
Though they had already patted him down once, cops decided to search Maxwell a second time after trying without success to find a stash of money in the alley where he was arrested or any nearby locations.
The drawstring bag they found in his pants matched the description of the bag used in the robbery that was provided by the teller, police said. Also, the cash found on Maxwell matched the particular denominations reported as missing, police said in the report. When the bag of money was discovered inside his pants, Maxwell told police the bag was his but the money was not, police allege in court records.
Police also claim in the report that a surveillance photo of the robbery appears to be of Maxwell.
Bail on the misdemeanor charges was set at $10,000 cash in an initial appearance in court on Friday.
The FBI will be seeking charges against Maxwell in the near future, Fargo police say in court records.