Ray Reco McNeary Wiki – Ray Reco McNeary Bio
Ray Reco McNeary is a former bank customer with an extensive criminal history who is accused of taking hostages at the St. Cloud Wells Fargo bank branch in Minnesota.
The standoff unfolded over eight hours on May 6, 2021. He’s being held on charges relating to bank robbery and kidnapping, the police chief, Chief William Blair Anderson, said in a news conference.
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McNeary has a lengthy criminal history in Minnesota of severe offenses. McNeary took hostages’ phones and live streaming videos from the scene, the police chief confirmed in a news conference.
He is 35 years old.
At 1:48 p.m, the police got a 911 call. “There was a male customer who was disgruntled about a prior transaction at the bank. A prior dispute,” the chief said.
The branch manager called because he was concerned about safety at the bank. Then, an alarm went off. People had already fled the bank, but five bank employees were held hostage and remained, the chief said.
The suspect asked police to call the FBI. “Throughout the incident, we had contact with the suspect in any way possible, including writing notes and putting them up against the drive-thru window,” said the chief.
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According to the chief, the suspect, McNear, was disgruntled about a prior transaction.
Anderson said many people had already run out of the bank by the time officers arrived, but five employees were held, hostage.
“I can tell you that some employees were released by the suspect, and some flat out ran for the door,” Anderson said. “The last hostage that was being held took his chance and made a run for the door.”
McNeary was booked into the Stearns County Jail. Online records did not state whether he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
“We have had numerous contacts with this individual dating back a decade,” said the chief.
McNeary has a serious criminal history in Minnesota, having been charged with:
Disorderly conduct – offensive/abusive/noisy/obscene (twice)
Giving a peace officer a false name
Obstruct legal process lawful execution
Domestic assault – misdemeanor, intentionally inflicts/attempts to inflict bodily harm on another.
Domestic assault by strangulation (dismissed)
He has a felony conviction and multiple misdemeanor convictions. He was accused of violating probation.
The suspect was supposed to be in court on May 7 for another violent offense, the chief said. Asked why the suspect allegedly committed the crime, the chief said if people saw his criminal history, they wouldn’t be surprised, describing it as “extensive.”