Christopher Samples abduction in 2002
An armed robbery May 1, 2001, was just the beginning of a more than two-year saga perpetrated by a Hager City man.
Mark Samples, a decorated U.S. Navy veteran, stormed the Red Wing Credit Union with a handgun and escaped on a bicycle with nearly $70,000 in May of that year. He dropped a handgun and much of the cash during his getaway, but eventually made his way to an area near the Mississippi River where he had stashed scuba gear.
He stayed submerged for several hours.