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Published January 04, 2012, 10:43 AM

Fargo Police ID Suspect in Armed Robbery

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man wanted in recent bank robberies in North Dakota and Minnesota was released from a federal prison in Missouri in mid-December after serving five years behind bars for larceny and possession of a firearm by a felon.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man wanted in recent bank robberies in North Dakota and Minnesota was released from a federal prison in Missouri in mid-December after serving five years behind bars for larceny and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Authorities are searching for 43-year-old William St. John, who is believed responsible for holdups at a Bank of the West branch in Fargo, N.D., on New Year's Eve and a U.S. Bank branch in Bloomington, Minn., two days later.

Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel says St. John is a South Dakota native who has friends in Fargo. Authorities say St. John was captured on bank video surveillance and identified by a South Dakota-based federal agent who knew him.

The FBI is involved in the search. Authorities believe St. John is armed.

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