Tuesday, October 23, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 23

October 23, 1933 – Gangster Baby Face Nelson and four of his cohorts gained entry to the First National Bank in Brainerd at gunpoint just before 6 a.m. on this date when a worker came to check on the basement furnace. Armed with at least two machine guns and .45-caliber automatics, Nelson and friends corralled the bank employees one by one as they came into work and stretched them out on the front office floor. “When the tellers arrived, each was taken in turn to open their separate vaults.”

First National Bank in Brainerd1

“With the money collected and the time approaching 9 a.m., Baby Face Nelson and his gang left the employees in a rear bathroom. The robbers sprayed the lobby with machine gun fire as they exited” to ensure no one would follow.  “The gunmen had been staying at [Sebago Resort] on the north side of Round Lake and were familiar with the first names of bank employees, work schedules and escape routes.

In the end, the bank robbers stole $32,000 from the bank. The loss was covered by insurance.”  




Baby Face Nelson

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