UPDATE: Bell Bank employees feared for their lives during rock attack
FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A man was arrested Monday after causing thousands of dollars in damages to a Bell Bank in Fargo. Court documents obtained by Valley News Live describe the fear bank employees felt during the incident.
Just before 8:30 a.m. on May 16, Fargo Police received reports of someone throwing rocks at the windows of Bell Bank at 3100 13th Avenue South. When officers arrived, they say all of the teller windows were broken and officers saw several large, grapefruit-sized rocks laying in the drive-up lane at the bank.
Jeremy Wayne Peterson, 41, was arrested after an officer pointed a taser at him and he surrendered. Authorities say Peterson has no permanent address. He was not able to get into the facility, but caused an estimated $45,000 in damage to the bank.
One of the bank tellers told police she was helping a customer when Peterson approached the drive-through “yelling gibberish.” She said Peterson was continuously throwing rocks and she believed the safety glass may fail if he didn’t stop. The teller says she was scared for her life.
A second teller also said she was scared for her life because she didn’t know what would have happened if the rocks would have breached the glass.
Peterson was arrested on four counts of terrorizing, one count of criminal mischief, one count of reckless endangerment, one count of attempted robbery and one count of an assault on a security officer.
Peterson was medically-cleared at a local healthcare facility and is being held in the Cass County Jail.
No employees or customers were hurt. The drive-up was closed for repairs at the 13th Avenue location, but is back open as of Wednesday. The drive-up ATM and lobby remained open.
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