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Police called to Northwest Bank

By Staff | Mar 26, 2020

Police were called to Northwest Bank in downtown Estherville Thursday morning (March 26). Eyewitnesses reported seeing Estherville Police Department officers holding a subject at gunpoint as squad cars blocked the drive through at the bank.

On Thursday morning, March 26th, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Estherville Police Officers and Emmet County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Northwest Bank. The reporting party advised that there was a male suspect in the drive through banking lanes waving a gun and had a bandana on. The caller stated that she believed the gun was not real but was not sure. The suspect also pointed the weapon at the bank camera and pulled the trigger. It was also reported that there were at least two other people in the vehicle.

Officers and Deputies responded to the bank drive up and confronted the suspects. The suspects complied with the direction of the Officers. Two male suspects were detained during the investigation. Following the investigation, it was determined that the gun was a toy but bank video confirmed that the suspect had pulled the bandana up around his mouth and nose several times during the incident.

Officers identified the suspect with the gun and mask as Simon Berihu Gebrehiwot, age, 20 of Worthington, Minnesota. Gebrehiwot was placed under arrest for 1st Degree Harassment. It was also determined that Gebrehiwot had an outstanding warrant for his arrest through the Minnesota Department of Corrections for Parole Violation with the original charge being “Threats of Violence”.

He was transported to the Emmet County Jail where he was booked in and awaits an initial appearance before a magistrate. The other occupants in the vehicle, including a small child were released without charges following the initial investigation. More charges in this case may be pending.

Photos by Amy H. Peterson

Simon Berihu Gebrehiwot mug shot courtesy of Estherville Police Department.