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Armed robber from 2007 incident escapes custody: Man robbed Garrison bank

A 49-year-old man--who robbed a Garrison bank in 2007--escaped custody Tuesday, Oct. 2, from a supervised halfway house in Minneapolis. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported James Richard Ardito was convicted of the armed robbery of the ...

A 49-year-old man-who robbed a Garrison bank in 2007-escaped custody Tuesday, Oct. 2, from a supervised halfway house in Minneapolis.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported James Richard Ardito was convicted of the armed robbery of the First National Bank of Deerwood, Garrison Branch, which occurred in September 2007. He was scheduled for supervised release, but escaped and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is known to abuse drugs.

The sheriff's office reported Ardito has no known contacts in the lakes area.

According to a Brainerd Dispatch story published Jan. 27, 2009, Ardito pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery in federal court-U.S. District Court in Duluth-to robbing the bank. Ardito, a resident of Coon Rapids at that time, convicted of armed bank robbery, admitted to using force, violence and intimidation to take close to $3,000 from a teller at the bank. He also admitted he assaulted and put in jeopardy the life of another person by use of a dangerous weapon in committing the bank robbery.

Ardito was arrested a year after the armed robbery. Authorities were led to Ardito after receiving a tip from a confidential informant. He was charged by the Crow Wing County Attorney's Office with felony first-degree aggravated robbery.

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According to the criminal complaint filed against Ardito in Crow Wing County, the informant told a Crow Wing sheriff's investigator Ardito said he robbed the bank wearing a jacket, hat and glasses so he would not be identified. Ardito told the informant he robbed between $2,000-$3,000 and spent it on methamphetamine. Ardito's mother also identified her son in a photo taken from a security camera at the Garrison bank the day of the robbery.

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