Police: Suspect in robbery at bank that preceded fatal crash released from the hospital, in custody

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee police say a 22-year-old robbery suspect who is accused of causing a fatal crash that occurred near 53rd and Center on Tuesday afternoon, April 28th as he fled from the crime scene has been released from the hospital. He remains in police custody.

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 after failing to stop at a stop sign. The 54-year-old man’s vehicle careened into a building. The innocent driver died at the scene of the crash.

That driver has been identified as Edward Adams of Milwaukee. He was the sole occupant of his vehicle.

A Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s report says the suspect vehicle had to have been traveling at a speed of at least 60 miles-per-hour at the time of the crash.

Adams’ family told the Medical Examiner’s Office Adams was going to get something to eat for lunch when he was killed in the crash. He was scheduled to work at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center Tuesday night.

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.

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.

Police say the bank robbery victim in this case was also taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. He is expected to survive. He is in custody at the hospital.

Police will refer this case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office for charges in the coming days.

53rd & Center crash

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