Bank Robber Changes His Name 26 Sep 13

The bank robber known as the “Man in Black” has legally changed his name as he represents himself in court. 50-year-old Mark Wetsch has admitted to stealing more than $110,000 in 31 bank robberies across Minnesota, including in St. Peter, Gaylord and Cologne. He was arrested in St. Peter after a robbery in Brewster after being stopped on Highway 169. Wetsch remains in federal custody in the Sherburne County Jail, and the government is seeking a 14 year prison sentence. In recent weeks Wetsch changed his name to Sheikh Bilaal Muhammad Arafat, and has demanded that all court filings and correspondence reflect the change. A pre-sentence investigation report on his case is pending.