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Christopher Samples abduction in 2002

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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.

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He stayed submerged for several hours.

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