20 years in prison for man who kidnapped, severely beat bank employee

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A Columbia Heights man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and severely beating a bank worker in an effort to get the combination to a safe was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said in a news release 25-year-old Henry Moore pleaded guilty earlier this week to charges of kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

The attorney's office says an investigation by Minneapolis police resulted in "an enormous amount of evidence" against Moore, leading to the plea.

In court, Moore admitted that on the night of Oct. 21, he was one of two men who grabbed the female worker as she left her job at the 1508 W. Broadway Unbank in north Minneapolis, then threw her into the backseat of a car, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office says.

According to the office:

Moore said the two used a Taser and hammer to assault the woman while demanding she give up the combination to the bank's safe.

She refused, and they drove off while continuing to beat her for nearly two hours.

At that point they returned to Unbank, after she relented and said she'd open it.

When they went inside, they tripped the alarm and the two suspects fled.

Police responded to the alarm at about 9:20 p.m., and found the victim "screaming for help with significant injuries to her face, forehead, eyes, chest, and neck."

“I thought she looked worse than many homicide cases I have seen,” Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Vicki Taylor told the judge, also saying the victim thought she'd be killed if she gave up the safe combination.

Police are still searching for the second suspect.

Moore's sentence of 192 months for the kidnapping charge is double the recommendation, due to him admitting to a number of aggravating factors, the attorney's office says. It will be served consecutively with a 48-month sentence for the robbery charge.

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