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Dodge County bank added to string of bank robberies man accused of committing

May 8, 2019

JUNEAU — A Brookfield man accused in a string of bank robberies had a new charge added against him in Dodge County for the March 26 robbery of the BMO Harris Bank in Lomira.

Kidane Dashew, 30, is charged with robbery of a financial institution in Dodge County Circuit Court. The charge has a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. He faces similar charges in Washington and Waukesha counties.

Both Dodge and Washington counties have issued arrest warrants for Dashew. He made an appearance in Waukesha County Circuit Court on May 1.

According to the Dodge County criminal complaint, staff at the Lomira bank called 911 on March 26 at 2:50 p.m. stating that a man had robbed a teller. The man went to the last teller station and handed the teller a note advising her to remain calm and hand over the $50 and $100 bills. The note also stated that he did not have a gun.

The teller handed over the money including a stack of bait money. According to the criminal complaint, the man then left the bank. Video from another business in Lomira showed the man get into his car and run a stop sign before driving out of range of the camera.

Dashew is also suspected of robbing Brookfield’s Byline Bank on July 9 and Sept. 20, with an additional failed attempt on Oct. 10. He is also a suspect in the Oct. 10 robbery of the BMO Harris Bank in Jackson.

A Dodge County Sheriff’s detective met with detectives and investigators from the Brookfield Police Department, Jackson Police Department, Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office and the FBI on Oct. 11 to pursue a suspect in the five bank robberies. According to the criminal complaint, Brookfield Police obtained a global positioning system warrant for Dashew’s vehicle and placed the unit in his vehicle.

Dashew worked as a micro tech and was arrested at a laboratory in New Berlin on Oct. 11. Additional search warrants were filed for Dashew’s residence, which led to the discovery of the jacket the suspect in the Lomira heist was wearing.

According to the criminal complaint, initially Dashew denied involvement in the bank robberies but later admitted to the Brookfield and Jackson robberies. He said he committed the robberies because he owed a large amount of drug debt. He denied robbing BMO Harris in Lomira.

Dashew’s cellphone records showed that it pinged a location about 15 minutes from the bank in Lomira on March 26 around the time of the robbery.