Bank robbery suspect kills self after chase

4:46 PM, Nov 1, 2007   |    comments
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A bank robbery in Hudson, Wisconsin led to a high-speed chase that ended when the suspect apparently shot himself to death in the parking lot of the Stillwater hospital. The robbery happened around 10:00 a.m. at Hudson's Associate Bank at 307 Second Street in downtown Hudson - the former First National Bank. About ten minutes later, an Oak Park Heights police officer spotted the suspect's car, a white Ford Mustang, in Minnesota. The chase continued onto Minnesota Highway 36 and eventually into Stillwater. A Stillwater police squad car was behind the suspect's vehicle when the car entered the parking lot of Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater. The car came to a stop near the rear of the building in a spot marked Pediatrician Parking Only. Police say that before they approached the vehicle they heard a single gunshot. They found 53-year-old Alfred Josiah Knodle of Fargo, North Dakota, dead inside the car. Today's robbery follows a similar incident last Friday. In that case the Citizens' Bank in Hudson was robbed about 9:45 a.m. Police believe Knodle is the same man who robbed that bank. The suspect in that robbery was described as a white, about 5'5" to 5'7" tall and weighing about 275 pounds. He was said to be between 30 and 60 years old. He was wearing a grey stocking cap, dark sunglasses, a black jacket and blue jeans.

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