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Suspect confesses to Duluth bank robbery

A federal criminal complaint was filed Wednesday against the suspect in Tuesday's robbery of Western Bank in Duluth. David Ernest Schaer, 36, of Bayport, Minn., confessed to the bank robbery as well as an earlier one in Minneapolis, according the...

A federal criminal complaint was filed Wednesday against the suspect in Tuesday's robbery of Western Bank in Duluth.

David Ernest Schaer, 36, of Bayport, Minn., confessed to the bank robbery as well as an earlier one in Minneapolis, according the affidavit attached to the complaint.

The criminal complaint, which was filed in United States District Court in Duluth, didn't charge Schaer with bank robbery for the Aug. 21 robbery of the City County Federal Credit Union in Minneapolis. In that case, a lone suspect told a teller that he had a gun and demanded money. The robber left with $5,640.

Just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, a lone suspect approached a teller at Western Bank, 201 Central Ave. North, and, according to the affidavit, "said words to the effect, 'Give me the money. I have a gun. I have a gun. Give me all your 100s, 50s and 20s.' '' The man left the bank with $2,200 and entered a taxi.

Officers with the Minnesota State Patrol and Department of Natural Resources stopped the taxi on Interstate 35 near the Esko exit and arrested Schaer.

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Schaer made his initial appearance Wednesday in federal court in Duluth and was ordered detained pending further court proceedings.

A search of state court records found at least

14 criminal complaints against Schaer dating to 1987. The complaints' numerous counts included charges for burglary, theft, drugs, assault, receiving stolen property, escape from custody, kidnapping and being a felon in possession of a pistol.

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