On Saturday, a US Bank teller in Bayside was faced with a man demanding money and saying he had a bomb. Just one day before, police say, the same man pulled a similar stunt at the M&I Bank in Mequon. Today, Matthew Wick sits in Milwaukee County Jail awaiting possible charges from both Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties for armed robbery.
According to Bayside Police, Wick walked into , 400 W. Brown Deer Rd., around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and told a bank teller that he had a bomb. He began to count down and as soon as he was given the money, he fled.
As he was driving south on Port Washington Road, a Glendale officer spotted a car which matched the description of the one leaving US Bank. Wick was forced to pull over at Green Bay Road and Capitol Drive, but he didn't go easily. Bayside police say a Milwaukee tactical unit happened to be in the area at the same time and saw Wick begin to flee on foot, so they tackled him. After that, officers note, he was cooperative.
One day prior, there was an armed robbery at the M&I Bank branch in Mequon. Detective Andrew Fischer with the Mequon Police Department said while Wick was not armed, he implied to bank tellers that he did have a weapon.
"All of the victims felt that he was armed," Fischer said. "His mannerisms, his actions indicated to them that he was armed."
According to Fischer, Wick entered the bank with a black ski mask on, approached one of the tellers, verbally demanded money and walked out.
When he was arrested Saturday and brought back to the Bayside Police Department, Wick said he "needed the money."
"He admitted to both the Mequon and Bayside robberies," said Bayside Police Chief Bruce Resnick.
Neither police department is disclosing the dollar amount that was stolen from the banks at this time. Resnick said a request for charges has been filed by Bayside Police with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office and in Mequon, Fischer said the police have placed a hold on Wick so they can also file charges for armed robbery.