Bank robbery suspect arrested

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Stan Milam
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

— A town of Bloomfield man shot by deputies attempting to subdue a fleeing suspect is in the Walworth County Jail awaiting a court appearance on bank robbery charges.

Robert C. Lynn, 29, was arrested on suspicion of 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. He is also being held on a probation violation.

Lynn was placed on two years probation May 22 after pleading guilty to battery and disorderly conduct. He is expected to make an initial court appearance on the bank robbery-related charges today or Wednesday.

Deputies were called at 2:11 p.m. Friday to People's Bank North at the intersection of Highway 12/67 and County A north of Elkhorn. Bank employees reported a man with a handgun robbed the bank. They gave deputies a description of the robber and the car he fled in.

A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper spotted a vehicle matching the description, and a chase ensued.

Walworth County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Nichols, 27, was setting up stop sticks when the fleeing vehicle arrived at the scene on Marsh Road about a mile north of the Waukesha County line.

Stop sticks puncture tires when a vehicle runs over them. The tires eventually lose all air, disabling the vehicle.

"The driver drove directly at the deputy, who was now outside of his vehicle to deploy the stop sticks," Walworth County Sheriff David Graves said.

Nichols fired at the vehicle. Lynn was wounded in the arm, ending the chase at 2:27 p.m. Nichols was not injured.

Nichols is a five-year veteran deputy who is SWAT trained. Graves said the deputy has been placed on administrative duty while Waukesha County authorities investigate the shooting.

Lynn was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He was treated for his injuries and later taken to the Waukesha County Jail. He was transferred to the Walworth County Jail on Monday morning.

The Walworth County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the FBI, is investigating the bank robbery.

Last updated: 5:04 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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