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UPDATE: Brewster bank robbery suspect in FBI custody

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BREWSTER -- A suspect in the armed robbery of the Rolling Hills Bank & Trust in Brewster Tuesday was arrested within hours of the incident Tuesday, according to the Nobles County Sheriff's Office.

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Nobles County Chief Deputy Chris Heinrichs said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a man in custody for questioning and wants citizens to know the perpetrator isn't out in the community.

"We got the guy," Heinrichs stated. "Right now they are questioning him about some things. They need to get to the bottom of some things."

The robbery took place shortly before noon, while three employees were working. According to Heinrichs, there were no custom-ers in the bank at the time the suspect, described as a medium height male, brandished a black handgun and left the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured.

More details would likely be available within 24 hours, Heinrichs stated Tuesday evening.

"Because it is a bank robbery, there will have to be a federal indictment, but we might have to file a complaint" to keep the suspect in custody legally until that indictment is filed, he added.

Shortly after the robbery, the suspect was described as a male wearing a black mask and a light-colored coat, possibly blue, with red lining. Authorities were told the male was possibly driving a silver SUV.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., a person of interest was picked up by authorities in St. Peter, but Heinrichs was unable to confirm Tuesday evening that it was the same person.

"A vehicle was seized," Heinrichs said of Tuesday's arrest. "We're in the process of drawing up a search warrant."

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