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Published July 06, 2012, 12:58 PM

Two in Custody After GF Bank Robbery

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) Police captured two suspects in an armed robbery this morning at Bank Forward near Ralph Engelstad Arena. 19-year-old Johnny Michael Patrom and 18-year-old Amanda Rachelle Phillips Patrom both face charges including armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of stolen property.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) Police captured two suspects in an armed robbery Friday morning at Bank Forward near Ralph Engelstad Arena.

19-year-old Johnny Michael Patrom and 18-year-old Amanda Rachelle Phillips Patrom both face charges including armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of stolen property.

Police are staying pretty tight-lipped about the investigation and although suspects are in custody, some UND students living near the bank are surprised to hear what happened.

"Shortly after 8 o'clock this morning, call of an armed robbery at the Bank Forward at 1301 Ralph Engelstad," University and Grand Forks Police Officer Jeff Burgess said.

University Police and Grand Forks Police responded to the call shortly after the bank opened. Officers say the suspects showed off a weapon.

But police won't say if, or how much money was taken.

According to a police radio report, the suspects were caught just a a little over a half hour after the armed robbery.

"We have two suspects in custody and the FBI's assumed the investigation," Burgess said.

Officers staked out the bank for the majority of the morning, taking pictures and blocking the entrance to customers.

There were mixed feelings among UND students who live near the bank even though the suspects were caught.

"It's weird, first of all I have never heard of a robbery here, it's kind of weird. It doesn't affect my feeling of being safe," UND student Lihue Czackis said.

"I'm like in a secure building so that makes me feel more safe, but if I lived in a building that didn't lock, then it would be different," UND student Fiona Kolberg said.

The bank was forced to close Friday morning and officers say there is no reason to believe anyone else was involved at this point but even they were surprised by the robbery.

"Bank robberies don't happen very often, I don't recall the last bank robbery, so it doesn't happen very often," Burgess said.

The FBI has taken over the investigation, with help from the University police department, Grand Forks Police Department and Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Johnny Patrom is charged with armed robbery, terrorizing, criminal mischief, driving while under suspension, driving without insurance and carrying a concealed weapon.

Amanda Patrom was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, possession of stolen property and failure to transfer the title of a motor vehicle.

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