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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Minneapolis Man Indicted For Robbing TCF Bank

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 49-year-old Minneapolis man was
indicted for allegedly robbing the TCF National Bank, located at 1444 West Lake Street in
Minneapolis, on March 28, 2012. The indictment charges Brady Anthony Johnson with one
count of bank robbery.

The indictment alleges that on March 28, Johnson stole approximately $3,846 from the
bank. According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, a man, later identified as
Johnson, waited at the doors of the bank until it opened. He entered the bank, grabbed a savings
deposit slip, and went up to the counter. He told the teller, “this is a robbery,” and handed the
teller a demand note. When the teller didn’t immediately react, Johnson allegedly said, “This
isn’t a joke. This is a robbery. Look at the note and give me all the fifties and hundreds. I have a
gun, and I will shoot you.” Johnson then purportedly showed the teller that he possessed an
object in his jacket pocket, intimating it was a gun. After the teller gave him some cash,
Johnson allegedly looked over the counter and saw more bills in her drawer and demanded she
empty the drawer.

Thanks to the Global Positioning System (“GPS”) tracking device the teller gave to an
unknowing Johnson, police were able to determine that he was on a bus near the intersection of
West 24th Street and Harriet Avenue South. Officers stopped the bus, found Johnson, who
matched the description of the robber, and arrested him. During a search of Johnson, officers
found the cash, the GPS device, and the demand note.

If convicted, Johnson faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. All
sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an
investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It
is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin S. Ueland.

An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.



Updated April 30, 2015