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North Dakota businessman suspected of robbing Hudson banks

A 53-year-old North Dakota auto sales lot owner robbed a Hudson bank before committing suicide in Stillwater on Wednesday, police said.
Hudson police detectives Shawn Pettee and Jeff Knopps received search warrants Thursday for Alfred Josiah Knodle’s home and business in Fargo and West Fargo.
After they executed the search warrants Thursday, they notified his family of his death.
Stillwater police found identification, including a business card in the suspected bank robber’s car Wednesday, but waited to contact family to ensure they didn’t jeopardize evidence of their investigation.
Knodle was the operator of Alfred’s Autobody and Sales in West Fargo.
Police also said Knodle is the suspect in the robbery of another Hudson bank last week.
The Star Tribune: “Police have said there is a high probability that the two bank robberies in Hudson were committed by the same man. According to the news release, Hudson police compared the surveillance video from both robberies and have concluded that Knodle committed both crimes.?
The reason Knodle chose the Hudson banks, more than 260 miles from his North Dakota home, is still unclear.
Police believe Knodle entered Citizens Bank Oct. 26 at about 9:45 a.m., demanded money from the clerks, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash in a dark Buick sedan.
He returned to Hudson Wednesday about 10 a.m., according to police, but this time robbed Associated Bank on Hudson’s main street.
While he was able to leave Hudson, dispatchers had alerted neighboring areas to watch for a white Ford Mustang, which was then seen by an Oak Park Height Police officer at 10:10 a.m. Knodle shot himself to death about five minutes later.

Pioneer Press:
http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_7342189

Star Tribune:
http://www.startribune.com/10240/story/1522904.html