“Another life lost for what?” Armed bank robbery suspect runs after causing fatal crash

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A chain of events occurring Tuesday, April 28th led to an innocent man losing his life. Police say a suspect was speeding away from a crime scene when he blew a stop sign and slammed into another vehicle, killing the driver. The crash happened near 53rd and Center Tuesday afternoon.

Police say four vehicles in total were struck as the suspect was trying to get away.

US Bank robbery 52nd & North

US Bank robbery 52nd & North

Officials say the incident began at about 11:30 a.m, when police were called to a report of an armed robbery at the US Bank at 52nd and North Ave. A 25-year-old Milwaukee man reported to a teller that he was being robbed by an armed suspect in the parking lot.

Police say the suspect then fled from the robbery in a car headed northbound on 53rd Street. When he reached Center Street, police say he crashed into a westbound vehicle driven by a 54-year-old Milwaukee man. The 54-year-old man's vehicle careened into a building. The innocent driver died at the scene of the crash.

"I seen a car come down the street -- 70, 80 miles-an-hour and he went through the stop sign and he crossed over Center," Mattie Birdsong said.

"It's sad when a tragedy happened like this. Another life lost for what? Nonsense," June Whitehead said.

Sirens blared and police yelled for people to get down as they searched for the armed robbery suspect.

The suspect dropped a loaded semi-automatic handgun as he ran from the car -- and failed in an attempt to get into the car of a passerby. The suspect, identified as a 22-year-old Milwaukee man, then ran into a nearby apartment building where he was arrested by responding officers.

"Must have been a dozen cops and dogs chasing him down the alley over there," a witness said.

"They had their guns and everything drawn looking for him," Birdsong said.

FOX6 News has learned an officer who had responded to the bank, trying to catch up with the suspect came up on the crash at 53rd and Center. His squad was struck by another vehicle as he came to a stop. The officer and the female driver of the car that hit his squad were taken to the hospital, but they are expected to be okay.

"My sympathy goes out to the person's family whose car got split in half. That person shouldn`t have to lose their life like that," Whitehead said.

53rd & Center crash

53rd & Center crash

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

13 comments

  • JokeEnthusiast

    The criminal was caught and quickly. A tragic death for an innocent bystander notwhithstanding. What do you want the Mayor and Police Chief to do about this NHT? Prevent crimes BEFORE they happen? This isn’t Minority Report.

    • Mr. Bob

      Mayor mccheese and spineless, jellyfish, cowardly weasel flynn have proven they have no credible answers or plans to stem the ever increasing violent crime epidemic in milwaukee. The MPD Officers on the street do the best job they can while working under an oppressive chief who has proven time and time again that he is more then willing to throw any of his officers under the bus to make himself look good. After the accident occurred in which the two year old boy died tragically and the driver was murdered along with the two year old’s brother you had mayor mccheese blaming the governor for signing the conceal/carry bill into law. Really??? Then suddenly the spineless, jellyfish, cowardly weasel flynn holds a press conference announcing a few arrests. Those two press conferences are supposed to somehow make citizens feel good and believe that either one of these two idiots has a clue about what they are doing??? Not too hard to pull the wool over your eyes…

  • A Yoopper

    I drive that area often. Sad. Damb animals. No……not animals. They are better. The Mayor nor Governor can’t fix stupid. Don’t blame them.. I teach Guys / girls how to work in a food factory. Jobs are there.Lots of them. Some want to learn , others want to play on the phone. That gets you a walk out of the gate. I sends them.Give 8 hours of work, our company will give you 8 hrs. of pay.

    • Mr. Bob

      Jobs are not necessarily the answer. These are punks after the quick buck. They have no desire to work even if you gave them a job that payed them $25 per hour. They idolize other criminals and thugs who flash the bling. They want instant riches without having to work for it and they want to brag about how bad they are….That is the mentality we have here…

      • Monique

        O man I so agree with you. Its sad they want to be like these rappers and guys with big rims and what not and go about it the totally wrong way.

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  • donald

    Ifeel the lost for the family.ok now if the judges would start putting these crimals away the first time and give them long times stincein prison and drop this good time. If you can do the crime then do the full time when you take a life then do life and none of this 20 to30years youtake someones life then you should have. Alifesentice

  • Ines

    I AM TERRIBLY SADDEN BY THIS. ED WAS AN AMAZING FRIEND AND CO WORKER. THIS MAN WOULD’VE TAKEN THE CLOTHES OFF HIS BACK FOR ANYONE. TODAY I PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY AND FOR HIM TO REST IN HEAVEN.

  • katydid62

    i live near the site where this happened. I stood outside with over a dozen of my neighbors as we watched the processing of the scene. Some of my neighbors witnessed the entire event. While the news report euphemistically says the officer was “catching up” with the robber’s vehicle, what became clear was that the officer was chasing the vehicle. Through a residential neighborhood in the middle of the day. I believe that is against the policy of the MPD. That’s the case mostly because of exactly what happened here. The loss of innocent lives.

    • mike

      That is incorrect. If a felony is committed they are allowed to chase the vehicle. In this case a robbery occurred involving a firearm which is a felony.

      • katydid62

        Ok I will have to cede that since I am not fully informed. However the action still seems reckless given the time of day and the nature of the area. It is densely populated with many children and quite a bit of traffic. I understand we want felons captured, but the idea of a chase under these conditions is frightening. We saw exactly the outcome feared, the loss of a life of a bystander. There must be another alternative.

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