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Sheriff identifies alleged bank robber


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August 27, 2012 | 11:40 AM
The Walworth County Sheriff's Department has identified the suspect in Friday's bank robbery of the People's Bank North in the town of Sugar Creek and the Walworth County Sheriff's Deputy who shot him.

Robert C. Lynn, 29, of the town of Bloomfield, is being held on a probation hold. The Sheriff's Department referred charges against him to the district attorney's office for robbery of a financial institution, false imprisonment, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, felon in possession of a firearm, intimidation of a victim, theft and fleeing and eluding.

According to the press release, Lynn was allegedly fleeing from the scene of the robbery when police attempted to deploy stop sticks to end the chase. Lynn allegedly drove the vehicle around the stop sticks and at the deputy who was placing them in the road.

Walworth County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Nichols, 27, fired his service weapon at Lynn and wounded him. Nichols has been a deputy for five years.

On August 24, at about 2:11 p.m. the Walworth County Dispatchers received a call from the People's Bank North, which is located at the intersection of Highways 12, 67 and County Highway A.

The employee advised the bank had just been robbed by a man brandishing a handgun. The employee gave a description of the man involved and his vehicle.

After dispatch received the call, a Wisconsin State Trooper located a vehicle matching the description provided by the bank employee and attempted to stop it.

However, the vehicle didn't stop and a chased ensued that reached speeds of more than 80 mph. The chase went between Waukesha and Walworth counties.

The chase ended at 2:27 p.m. when Nichols shot the alleged bank robber.

Online court records show that Lynn is serving a two-year probation after he was convicted this year of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Office is investigating the officer involved in the shooting. The Walworth County Sheriff's Department and the FBI is investigating the bank robbery.

The press release states this an ongoing and open investigation.


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