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Federal Jury Convicts Rochester Man Of Robbing Minneapolis Bank

Friday, June 4th, 2010 at 11:59 am

After two hours of deliberation, a federal jury found a 39-year-old Rochester man guilty of robbing the Franklin Bank in Minneapolis on December 28,  2009. David West Dixon was convicted earlier today on one count of bank robbery, following a two-day trial in Minneapolis. Dixon was indicted on  January 12, 2010.

The evidence presented at trial showed that Dixon aided co-defendant Ryan Russell Liskow, age 30, of Jordan, in taking $4,097 from the bank, which is located at 2100 Blaisell Avenue South. The bank was  robbed at 10:00 a.m. by Liskow who gave a teller a note that stated, “I don’t want to hurt anyone. Count out $2,000 into my hand. No dye pack or you’ll get hurt. Merry Xmas and New Years.”

After receiving the cash, Liskow ran out of the bank and jumped into a van, driven by Dixon, near the intersection of Blaisell Avenue and 22nd Street. The van failed to stop at a stop sign and was stopped by police.

Upon approaching the van, the officer spotted a large stack of money sticking out from behind the driver’s seat. Ultimately, both men were arrested, and the officer confirmed that Liskow matched the description of the bank robber. Subsequent handwriting analysis proved that Dixon wrote the demand note used in the robbery.

Liskow pleaded guilty on March 8, 2010, to one count of bank robbery. Both men face a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. United States District Court Judge Joan N. Ericksen will determine their sentences at a future date, yet to be scheduled.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department and the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey S. Paulsen.

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