Updated 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13
WOODBURY - A St. Paul man has been charged with second-degree aggravated robbery after a Feb. 12 incident at a Wells Fargo Bank location in Woodbury.
Randy Lawrence Williams-Bey, 60, faces up to 15 years in prison and a penalty of $30,000 if convicted.
At 11:55 a.m., a caller reported that a man entered the bank at 9882 Norma Lane and implied he had a weapon, Woodbury Police Commander John Altman said. The man, identified as Williams-Bey, allegedly left with about $8,000 in cash in a gray Ford SUV that had tape covering the front license plate.
Woodbury police received license plate information and the vehicle believed to belong to Williams-Bey was located in St. Paul by St. Paul police. Williams-Bey was the only person in the vehicle and was arrested after a brief attempt to flee.
According to a criminal complaint, Williams-Bey told officers he was under emotional and financial strain and decided to rob a bank. He said he used black shoe polish he had in his car to darken his beard, attempting to disguise himself. Upon searching the man's vehicle, officers recovered the approximate amount of money taken from the bank.