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Bank robber enters guilty plea

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A Twin Cities-area man who held up a Cannon Falls bank last year at knifepoint pleaded guilty in federal court this week to armed robbery.

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Christopher Lee Anson entered his plea Tuesday as part of a deal with federal prosecutors. The 24-year-old admitted taking more than $2,600 from White Rock Bank in July 2009.

Anson ordered the teller to put money in a plastic grocery bag then brandished a knife and repeated his demand when the teller did not immediately respond, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Anson threatened the teller, saying "Don't tell anyone or you'll be hurt," before fleeing the bank with the bag of cash.

A Cannon Falls police officer stopped Anson for speeding moments after the heist. The officer let Anson go - telling him his ticket would arrive in the mail - when he heard about the bank robbery over the radio.

The officer proceeded to the bank, where he recognized Anson on surveillance camera footage. Authorities headed to the address the officer retrieved from Anson's driver's license during the traffic stop.

Anson was arrested at his Inver Grove Heights, Minn., residence. Police recovered the stolen money, the knife Anson used in the robbery and clothes he was wearing during the heist.

Nobody was injured during the robbery, which happened around 12:22 p.m. July 7, 2009.

Anson, who was indicted Aug. 3, 2009, faces a maximum of 25 years in prison. U.S. District Court Judge Joan Ericksen will sentence him at a later date.

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