Update: Sugar Creek bank robbery suspect identified
WALWORTH COUNTY The suspect in the armed robbery Friday in Sugar Creek has been identified as Robert C. Lynn, 29, a town of Bloomfield resident, according to a press release from the Walworth County Sheriff's Office.
Lynn, who is currently being held in the Walworth County Jail, is being charged with bank robbery, felony possession of a firearm, theft, false imprisonment, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, intimidation of a victim, fleeing and eluding. Lynn is also being held for violating his probation.
The Walworth County officer involved in the shooting is Deputy Dan Nichols, 27, who has been with the office for five years.
The sheriff's office, with assistance from the FBI, is investigating the robbery of a bank Friday in the town of Sugar Creek, while the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation of an officer-involved shooting related to the robbery suspect, according to a release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to a call reporting a bank robbery about 2:11 p.m. Aug. 24 from an employee at People’s Bank North, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Wisconsin Highway 67 near County Highway A in Sugar Creek. The employee, who said the robber was a man brandishing a handgun, was able to provide authorities with a description of the suspect and his vehicle.
Minutes later, a Wisconsin State Trooper spotted a vehicle that matched the description and attempted to stop it, but the suspect fled. Walworth County deputies joined in the pursuit as the suspect led them on a nearly 15-minute chase that led into Waukesha County, reaching speeds of more than 80mph.
A Walworth County deputy stopped his squad car on Marsh Road and was kneeling down in the road, in the process of laying down “stop sticks” to deflate the tires on the suspect’s vehicle, when the suspect drove down the road, swerving around the sticks and squad car, heading straight toward the deputy, who fired his weapon at the suspect about 2:27 p.m.
The suspect was taken to an area hospital for treatment, but the injuries are not life-threatening.
Because of the ongoing investigation, the department is not releasing other information at this time.