MANKATO — In the heat of pursuit, with a team of State Troopers and sheriff's deputies gaining on him on Waseca County Road 85, the man on the run with a bag of stolen money in the passenger's seat decided to make a phone call.
George Richard Gaunt, 25, pulled out his cell phone and dialed 911.
He told the dispatcher he was the one who just robbed the bank and that there were State Troopers chasing him. He was calling in, he told the dispatcher, because he didn't want to get shot when he pulled over.
Gaunt didn't get shot. But he did get arrested. That happened Tuesday. And on Thursday, Gaunt of Louisville, Ky., was formally charged in Blue Earth County District Court with three counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, and two weapons charges based on prior convictions (one juvenile case and one adult case.)
Court documents show Gaunt arrived at the bank just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. He'd been seen by bank employees milling around a counter, looking at pamphlets. One employee even approached him to see if he needed help. Gaunt declined, saying he wasn't ready yet.
Eventually he approached one of the bank tellers and handed her a note that read, “I have a gun, this is no joke I will kill you! Act normal, no alarms, trackers or dye packs. P.S. This ain't my first bank. So don't make me kill again.” He also pulled back his shirt to reveal a gun tucked in near his right hip.
The teller complied and asked one of her managers to help her. Together, the two filled a cloth sack with money and gave it to Gaunt.
Gaunt left the bank, got into a gold car and sped away.