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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Officials have charged 25-year-old Kevin Blackburn and 31-year-old Ricardo Lorenzo Perkins in the robbery of the Educators Credit Union located at 7025 W. Appleton Avenue on May 7th.

The two each face one count of robbery of a financial institution.

The criminal complaint indicates a note was passed to bank tellers demanding 100s, 50s, 20s be put through the drive-through draw window, or a bomb would go off.

The complaint says a teller sent the drive-through tube back containing money, and the tube was then sent back into the bank, but the suspect in a black Buick four-door vehicle remained at the drive-through station.

A bank teller thought the suspect wanted more money, so he filled the tube up with money from the teller drawer, and sent the tube out to the suspect a second time. Then, the criminal complaint indicates the suspects fled the scene westbound on Appleton Avenue towards Capitol Drive.

The criminal complaint indicates then, a second vehicle pulled up to the bank — also described as a black, four-door Buick. The complaint indicates the teller thought this vehicle was also involved in the robbery, and therefore tried to get a license plate.

The complaint says approximately $6,000 was taken during the robbery.

The demand note that was recovered said, “Load the bag at the draw window with non-sequestered unmarked bill. A 100-50-20. No dye packs. Do not call the police until 6:15PM or the bomb will detonate outside.”

The complaint indicates a chase then ensued, with the suspect later abandoning the vehicle and taking off on foot. The pursuit was later determined to be one mile, and included five red stop signs.

Officials say the pursuit ended at the intersection of N. 57th and W. Melvina and Blackburn jumped out of the vehicle while it was in drive — taking off on foot.

Blackburn was later taken into custody near the 3800 block of N. 57th Street.

The complaint says officials found a Wisconsin ID in Blackburn’s pocket with the name “Stephen Perkins.” Blackburn was later identified as Kevin Blackburn via fingerprint.

The second vehicle was discovered near 6600 W. Vienna St. where it had crashed. In that vehicle, the complaint indicates officials saw a one gallon windshield wiper fluid bottle on the floor, and feared it may be an improvised explosive device referred to as a Molotov cocktail.

Witnesses helped officials identify and apprehend Perkins.

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