2 in custody after bank robbery in Shorewood, pursuit, crash in Whitefish Bay

SHOREWOOD -- Schools in Shorewood were briefly placed on a "soft lockdown" Tuesday, April 25th after a bank robbery in Shorewood and subsequent crash in Whitefish Bay.

According to Shorewood police, it all began around 10:00 a.m. when police received a report of a suspicious vehicle, which apparently circled the block numerous times on Bartlett near Kenmore.

An officer soon noticed a suspect run from the TCF Bank on Oakland Avenue and get into a vehicle matching the description of the suspicious vehicle. As a traffic stop was initiated, a brief pursuit ensued.

Shorewood police soon learned the TCF Bank had been robbed.

The suspect vehicle eventually crashed into a tree near Santa Monica and Chateau in Whitefish Bay, and both occupants of the vehicle fled the scene. Both were arrested with the assistance of the Glendale and Whitefish Bay police departments.


Police said charges are being referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.

As a precaution, the Shorewood School District superintendent said in a statement to parents obtained by FOX6 News that a "soft lockdown" was initiated at Shorewood schools.

A "soft lockdown" means that classrooms and buildings are secured and classes continued.

This took place from about 11:00 a.m. until about 11:20 a.m.

The superintendent said there was no direct threat to any schools in Shorewood, and there were no weapons on any school campuses.