Four people are expected to be charged Thursday for kidnapping a Racine bank employee and using the employee to gain entry to the bank.
According to Racine Police, officers were called to the Wells Fargo Bank, 1700 Martin Luther King Drive, at 6:42 a.m. on June 29 for a report of a bank robbery. According to police “multiple suspects entered the bank and took an undisclosed amount of money.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Racine Police said that during the investigation they learned four people had kidnapped a Wells Fargo employee on June 28, then held that person overnight “so they could gain access to the person the next morning. In doing so they were able to enter the bank and remove an undisclosed amount of cash.”
Four people were arrested Monday in connection with the kidnapping and robbery, including 19-year-old William Howell, 23-year-old Donterious Robb, 19-year-old George Pearson-Robb and 18-year-old Lamarra Powell.
The department does not indicate where the suspects are from.
Only one of the suspects, Pearson-Robb, has a previous record in Wisconsin, according to court records, and that was for traffic violations. In those past traffic cases, Pearson-Robb is listed as a Milwaukee resident.
The Kenosha Police Department assisted in the investigation, along with the FBI and the Milwaukee Police Robbery Task Force.
Sgt. Adam Malacara of the Racine Police Department said he could not comment on what Kenosha’s tie was to the investigation, only confirming Kenosha Police assisted. According to the Racine County Jail roster, the suspects are being held on three counts of kidnapping, indicating there were multiple victims.