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Former Grand Forks man arrested after Minot bank rbbery

The FBI says a Bismarck man was jailed Thursday on a charge of robbing a Gate City Bank in Minot.

The suspect, Ruben Paul Slater, 33, lived in Grand Forks in 2009.

FBI spokesman Steven Warfield said Slater is suspected of entering the Gate City branch bank, 1017 Broadway in Minot, about 9 a.m. Thursday, handing the teller a note that said: "This is a robbery -- 20s and 50s quick and no one gets hurt."

The teller complied, while another teller hit an alarm.

In a news release, Warfield said another witness saw the suspect leave in a green vehicle with a North Dakota license plate 73480.

No one was injured.

Notified law enforcement officers soon spotted the vehicle heading east of Minot in McHenry County, which is between Minot and Rugby, N.D. They arrested him after a brief chase.

Slater remains in jail in Minot after making a first court appearance via teleconference from the jail on the bank robbery charge.

The FBI did not disclose how much cash was taken from the bank.

Some news reports put it at $3,000.

Slater lived at the Northlands Rescue Mission downtown and elsewhere in Grand Forks in 2009.

He told the Herald at that time that back in about 2001, he received a medical discharge from the Air Force and had been stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base. That information could not be confirmed Thursday night.

He said he moved back to Grand Forks in late 2008 or early 2009.