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Superior man involved in day-long crime spree, standoff now facing federal charges

Cody Walker-Nelson
Cody Walker-Nelson(KBJR)
Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 4:22 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - A Superior man involved in a day-long crime spree across the Twin Ports that ended with an hours-long standoff in Duluth now faces federal charges.

Cody Walker-Nelson, 30, of Superior, has been federally indicted after attempting to rob a bank, brandishing a firearm during the attempt, and being a felon in possession of firearms.

Those charges are in addition to the five felony charges he already faces in Wisconsin and the 21 charges filed against him in Minnesota.

If convicted on the federal charges, Walker-Nelson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the attempted bank robbery charge, and a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years on the charge of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

The felon in possession of firearms charge has a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

The charges against Walker-Nelson come after several departments, including Superior and Duluth Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives all investigated.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Douglas County court, Walker-Nelson told investigators he had been up for days and was using meth at the time of the alleged crimes.

Walker-Nelson also told authorities he stole 12 guns from a home in Superior the morning of October 1 with the purpose of killing himself.

Court documents show two people were in the process of moving into that home and had recently brought several guns there.

Police say Walker-Nelson then went on to steal a car from Duluth, damage property at several different locations, drive the wrong way across the Bong Bridge, and attempted to rob a bank in Superior.

Walker-Nelson allegedly told police he didn’t remember going to the bank, but eventually admitted he was trying to get money.

He knocked on the bank’s drive-thru window several times and a bank teller saw him brandishing a gun. Walker-Nelson told authorities he thought the bank was closed, so he left.

Later that day, Walker-Nelson allegedly robbed two people at gunpoint in Duluth, led police on a chase through Duluth, and eventually barricaded himself inside a Spirit Valley apartment building.

Authorities negotiated with Walker-Nelson to come out for six hours.

No one was hurt in any of the incidents, but police say Walker-Nelson fired several rounds during the incident.

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