A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted a Crystal man on two charges stemming from accusations that he robbed a Roseville bank.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation accuses 30-year-old Jake Charles Cogswell of stealing $434,000 from the North American Banking Company in Roseville.
A about 11:10 a.m. Oct. 29, a man wearing a green ski mask, black jacket, black gloves, light blue jeans and black work boots, walked into the bank carrying a pistol and a green duffle bag, FBI Special Agent David Walden wrote in the criminal complaint.
The robber was described as a white man, between 6 feet and 6-feet-2-inches tall, about 30 years old and weighing about 175 pounds.
The man pointed the pistol at the teller and said, “Take me to the back.” While they were walking back, the robber ordered three more employees to walk into the bank’s vault area. A fifth employee already in the vault was ordered to stay there.
The robber then ordered the original teller to place money into the bag. The teller filled the bag until the robber said, “That’s enough. I don’t want to clean you out.” He then ordered another employee to zip the duffle bag closed, took the duffle bag and left the bank.
An audit of the bank later determined that the robber stole $434,000.
While the five employees were in the vault with the robber, another employee called 911 and relayed the information to the operator in real time as the crime was taking place.
The operator dispatched Roseville police to the bank immediately and let officers know that the robber ran south on Albert Street.
Officers saw the robber at the trunk of a black Dodge Neon. He closed the trunk and opened the driver’s side door. But police ordered him to put his hands in the air and arrested him after he complied.
Police identified him as Cogswell and saw that he was wearing body armor, according to the court documents. He later confessed to the robbery.
Cogswell has been charged with one count of armed bank robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 25 years in prison on the bank robbery charge and a mandatory consecutive seven years in prison on the firearms charge.