By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN A former Crow River State Bank employee was arrested May 7 after he allegedly brought a shotgun to the bank and made threats to the bank owner.
Kevin Michael Slaby, 45, of Hudson, WI is facing one felony-level charge of terroristic threats reckless disregard risk as a result of the incident.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Crow River State Bank in Delano at about 2:38 p.m. after receiving a report of a male in the parking lot with a gun, according to a formal complaint.
While deputies were en route, they learned the man had left the bank in a blue Jeep with Wisconsin license plates, according to the complaint. A deputy found the vehicle in the parking lot of the McDonald’s in Delano.
When the deputy approached the vehicle, the man inside raised his hands and yelled “I surrender. I surrender,” according to the complaint.
The deputy asked the man, who was identified as Slaby, if there were any firearms in the vehicle. Slaby told the deputy there was an unloaded 12-gauge shotgun in the backseat.
The deputy asked Slaby why he had the gun, and Slaby said he had called the bank and threatened them, according to the complaint. He told the deputy he used to work for the bank. The deputy saw the long-gun barrel in the back seat of the vehicle, partially covered by a jacket. He located a box of slugs in the back seat, as well.
Another deputy responded to the Crow River State Bank and spoke with Senior Vice President Tom Screeden, who said another employee took a phone call from the bank’s owner, Lloyd Jerpbak, warning there was someone in the parking lot with a gun.
Screeden told authorities he immediately went to the front doors and locked them, and as he was doing so, he saw someone walk toward the bank and pull on the doors attempting to enter, according to the complaint. The person in the surveillance footage was identified as Slaby.
Jerpbak, who was out-of-state at the time, told authorities he received a phone call from Slaby around 2:30 p.m. in which Slaby allegedly told Jerpbak he had ruined Slaby’s life when he wouldn’t hire him back. Slaby then told Jerpbak he was in the bank’s parking lot with a gun.
Jerpbak told authorities he called the bank and told them to call the police, warning them of the threat, according to the complaint. Jerpbak said he was concerned for the bank employees because of Slaby’s threat.
It was also noted Slaby is in the process of having his boat repossessed by the bank, according to the complaint.
If convicted of the charge, Slaby faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.