Guilty Plea Entered in Hutchison Bank Robbery

The man who robbed a Hutchinson, Minnesota Citizens Bank in July of this year has entered a guilty plea in United States District Court.

Eric Andrew Ebbers, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery and In his agreement, Ebbers admitted he entered the bank on July 17th and handed the teller a note. The note demanded money and stated that he had a gun. Ebbers then ran from the bank to a getaway vehicle with over $5,000 in cash stuffed in a black backpack.

Law enforcement tried to stop the car, but was unsuccessful. During the chase, Ebbers car exceeded 100 mph, weaved through traffic, and even passed a police roadblock. When the car was finally disabled, Ebbers hid in a cornfield. He was found and arrested the following day.

Ebbers also admitted that he was responsible for the June 4th robbery of a Lake City Alliance Bank in which he took over $8,000. In addition to this admission, he also admitted he robbed the Gresham, Oregon Key Bank of over $3,000. In all of the robberies, he handed the tellers notes that said he had a gun in addition to his instructions on how to give him the money.

Ebbers is still awaiting his sentence after his August 22nd indictment and guilty plea. He could receive 20 years in federal prison for the conviction.

Involved in the case was the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI. Thomas Calhoun-Lopez is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case.