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Interesting specimen. I initially assumed that it was a Thread-legged Bug (Emesinae), but all of these have grasping forelegs and only walk on the other four legs. I think this is still likely to be a Reduviid (Assassin Bug), but this is quite a puzzle.
I have indicated this to be a Short-tailed Hawk because many of the features in the photos match this species. However, this would be at the extreme northern reach of its range. You may want to talk with a local bird club about whether this is an accurate identification and whether there is precedent for this species in your area.