Warrant: Robber lifted mask too early
Ward, 23, was well in the range of First Banking Center cameras, which snapped clear shots of his uncovered face, according to the search warrant.
Ward’s girlfriend, who figured out he had robbed the bank, called him a “dumb ass” for taking off his mask and letting authorities identify him, according to the warrant.
Ward of Genoa City is charged with armed robbery as a habitual offender and possession of a firearm by a felon. He faces up to 56 years in prison and $125,000 in fines if convicted of both felony counts.
A preliminary hearing is set for 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, before Walworth County Judge John R. Race. Ward remains in the Walworth County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
A suspected accomplice, David C. Allen III of Kenosha, was arrested over the weekend and is being held on $100,000 bond, Walworth County District Attorney Phillip Koss said.
Allen, 23, was expected to make an initial court appearance here today.
According to the warrant:
Ward is charged with the Aug. 31 hold up, using the BB gun as a weapon. Bank tellers told investigators that the robber fled with the money and took off his mask while leaving the bank. He then ran past the bank windows in full sight.
Allen is implicated in obtaining the BB gun for Ward, talking him into the bank robbery and driving the getaway car. Ward told investigators that he gave Allen $2,000.
When authorities visited Ward’s house, which was two blocks from the bank, a resident told investigators that the black, hooded sweatshirt he wore during the robbery belonged to his girlfriend. The stolen money was recovered.