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Authorities developing sketch of Apple Valley bank robber

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APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are working up a description of the suspect in an Apple Valley bank robbery in which the mother and son of a bank branch manager were held hostage.

Dakota County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Bellows says a sketch of the suspect should be available soon.

The male suspect claimed to be a law officer when he entered a home near Farmington on Tuesday and handcuffed a woman who was caring for her 2-year-old grandson.

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The suspect then drove her and the child to a TCF Bank in Apple Valley, where the woman’s daughter is the branch manager.

The kidnapper called the bank manager and threatened to harm the hostages unless she left the bank with a case of cash and dropped it off behind an ice arena in Farmington.

The manager delivered about $20,000 in ransom, which the suspect picked up.

The suspect then dropped the grandmother and boy off at a kindergarten.

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