Public's tips lead to arrest of robbery suspect who pepper-sprayed man at ATM


Investigators are thanking the public for their tips that led to the arrest of a 24-year-old Andover man accused of pepper-spraying a 61-year-old man in the face during an ATM robbery over the weekend.

The suspect was arrested Tuesday morning, and officials are forwarding the case to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, which will consider charges, the sheriff's office said in a post on Facebook.

"We want to thank every member of the public who assisted us with tips and information. Community support of law enforcement efforts brought this case to a quick arrest and conclusion," the post continued.

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon at the U.S. Bank on Bunker Lake Boulevard in Andover, officials said in their plea for the public's help, which included surveillance photos of the suspect.

The victim told investigators he was using the ATM when the man approached, sprayed him in the face and demanded money.

The victim fought back briefly, according to the Star Tribune, but then gave him an undisclosed amount of money after being sprayed in the face a second time.

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