Philip Pariso charged for holding bankers hostage with a fake bomb
The Hennepin County Attorney's Office filed charges Monday afternoon against the man who allegedly held a downtown Minneapolis bank hostage with a book bag last Friday.
According to the criminal complaint, Philip Pariso, a 33-year-old from Inver Grove Heights, told bankers at M & I that he was armed with a bomb, and demanded to speak with a reporter.
Pariso now faces three felonies for the mayhem: two for making terrorist threats, one for kidnapping. Collectively, the charges could carry a maximum sentence of up to 26 years in prison.
Just before noon on Friday, Pariso walked into the bank clutching the bag, and asked to speak with a personal banker about reopening a closed account. Once in the banker's cubicle, he told two employees there was a bomb in the bag, and that they were his hostages, according to the complaint.
He first told the bank employees to call WCCO so he could talk to a reporter, then to call the police, the charges say. After a half-hour standoff, police talked Pariso into giving up the hostages. The bag, it turned out, contained no bomb.
Here's the complaint in full: Pariso, Philip Jamescplt
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