Thwarted bank robber awaits charges

Sept. 16, 2009

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office will review charges on Thursday in the thwarted robbery of Guardian Credit Union, 11220 W. Oklahoma Ave.

Police say a 21-year-old man tried to rob the credit union about 11:50 a.m. Tuesday but was jumped and held down by a 54-year-old customer who feared for the safety of his wife.

According to a Police Department news release:

The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head and a white mask covering his face. He approached three bank tellers stationed at three different locations and handed each one a note saying he wanted money, did not want "dye packs" and did not want them to scream or activate alarms.

The notes also said he had a gun he would use if the instructions were not followed.

One of the tellers put money on the counter after reading the note. The suspect grabbed the money, placed it in a bag, and walked to the next teller.

That's when the 54-year-old man decided to take action out of concern for his wife, who was standing near the suspect. The man tackled the suspect and held him to the ground until police arrived.

Officers recovered a security video and the notes but did not find a weapon. Police said the names of the suspect and customer will be released under the authority of the Milwaukee County DA.

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