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October 17, 2013

Update: Man charged in Eagle Lake bank robbery

Note told teller: '..don't make me kill again.'


Bank employees called police, and within seconds a description of Gaunt's car was broadcast to all area law enforcement agencies. It didn't take long for a State Trooper to spot it, and the chase was on.

Within minutes, the Waseca County Sheriff's Department joined the chase, and that's when Gaunt made his mid-high-speed-chase 911 call. Gaunt pulled over, and officers arrested him at gunpoint without incident. Responding officers said they observed an off-white cloth bag, a black handgun and a baseball-style hat sitting in the front passenger seat and a cloth backpack in the back seat.

One officer — who spoke with Gaunt as Gaunt sat in the backseat of a squad car — said Gaunt told him, “I'm gonna tell you now, the FBI is looking for me anyway, so you're wasting your time.”

After that, Gaunt asked for a lawyer and didn't say anything else to authorities.

Inventory of the car included a bag of money, with precisely the same amount of money the bank said was taken, and a Daisy Powerline 340 Air Pistol, which authorities say resembles a 9 mm Beretta pistol. A review of Gaunt's criminal record shows a prior adult burglary conviction.


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