Who is Ray Reco McNeary?
Ray Reco McNeary is an ex-bank customer with an extensive criminal history who is reportedly accused of taking hostages at the St. Cloud Wells Fargo bank branch in Minnesota. The standoff unfolded over a period of eight hours on May 6, 2021. He’s being held on charges relating to bank robbery and kidnapping, the police chief, Chief William Blair Anderson, said in a news conference.
McNeary has a long criminal history in Minnesota for serious offenses. McNeary took hostages’ phones and live streaming videos from the scene.
How old is Ray Reco McNeary?
Ray Reco McNeary is 35 years old as of the year 2021.
St. Cloud Wells Fargo Robbery Ray Reco McNeary
At 1:48 p.m, the police got a 911 call. “Apparently, there was a male customer who was disgruntled about a prior transaction at the bank. A prior dispute,” the chief said. The branch manager called because he was concerned about safety at the bank. Then, an alarm went off.
People had already fled the bank but five bank employees were held hostage and remained, the chief said.
The suspect asked police to call the FBI.
Ray Reco McNeary Arrested
All five of the hostages were uninjured and are released and are at home. The standoff took eight hours, and authorities praised law enforcement’s collaboration.
“We’re very happy with the results. No injuries to the hostages,” the mayor said. The suspect is in custody, authorities said.
The chief said it wasn’t clear if the suspect actually had a weapon, despite earlier reports that he held the hostages at gunpoint.
Ray Reco McNeary Criminal History
McNeary has serious criminal history in Minnesota, having been charged with:
- Disorderly conduct – offensive/abusive/noisy/obscene (twice)
- Giving a peace officer a false name
- Obstruct legal process lawful execution
- Domestic assault – misdemeanor, intentionally inflicts/attempts to inflict bodily harm on another
- Terroristic threats
- Domestic assault by strangulation (dismissed)
He has a felony conviction and multiple misdemeanor convictions. He was accused of violating probation.
St. Cloud Bank Hostage Ordeal: Police Chief Blair Anderson identified the suspect as 35-year-old Ray Reco McNeary, who he says was expected in court Thursday in connection to a violent offense. | https://t.co/kJ1kqL7MUO pic.twitter.com/MxCvnJaizW
— WCCO – CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) May 7, 2021
The suspect was supposed to be in court on May 7 for another violent offense, the chief said. Asked why the suspect allegedly committed the crime, the chief said if people saw his criminal history they wouldn’t be surprised, describing it as “extensive.”
Wells Fargo Hostage
Authorities described a frightening scene in which some hostages literally ran for the door. The police chief said that some hostages were released by the suspect, and some made a run for the door. The last hostage being held “took a chance and made a run for the door.”
The tactical unit made a simultaneous entry.
The FBI said its crisis negotiators were at the scene. According to the SC Times, the first hostage “walked out of the bank” at 6:30 p.m., the second a half-hour later, two more around 9 p.m., and the last hostage at about 10:25 p.m. on May 7.
Chief Blair Anderson thanked the FBI and his officers after taking questions from the media. Stearns County Atty. Janelle Kendall said her office expects to have formal charges for Ray Reco McNeary on Friday. pic.twitter.com/weHiNfwAoG
— Erik Newland (@SCTimesErik) May 7, 2021