Suspected Blaine bank robber indicted in federal court

One of the suspects in the armed robbery of a TCF Bank in Blaine was indicted by a federal grand jury Jan. 13 in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

Tearise Breon Baugh, 23, of Brooklyn Park was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with one count of armed bank robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. If convicted, he could be sent in prison for up to 32 years.

Baugh is one of three suspects accused of robbing the TCF Bank near Northtown Mall the evening of Dec. 13, 2013, but the other two remain at large.

According to the federal grand jury indictment, three black men walked into the bank around 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13. The robber later identified as Baugh allegedly pointed a handgun at tellers and jumped over the counter.

A second robber also jumped over the teller counter and started removing cash from the drawers while the third robber zip-tied the bank manager’s hands behind his back and controlled the rest of the people in the lobby, the indictment alleges.

The robbers left the bank with $5,808 in cash and got into a vehicle that had stolen license plates, but the vehicle did not function properly so they fled on foot, according to the indictment.

A man matching the description of one of the robbers was seen running into the bathroom of a nearby Arby’s. Police entered the bathroom and detained Baugh, who was wearing blue Nike shoes that witnesses alleged described one of the robbers as wearing.

Other clothing Baugh is believed to have worn during the bank robbery was located at or near Arby’s. Authorities also located dye-stained money in the toilet and trash can in the bathroom, the indictment alleges.

According to the indictment, Baugh was advised of his Miranda rights, but agreed to talk to investigating agents without an attorney present. He allegedly confessed to being one of the robbers, displaying a loaded gun and ordering employees to the ground before he jumped the counter and took cash.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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