One of the two suspects in an armed robbery that took place in Racine on Friday is from Caledonia.
Perione Robbins, 23, of Caledonia, and DeMarkus Moore, 21, of Racine, were charged yesterday by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with robbery of a financial institution.
If convicted, Robbins and Moore both face up to 40 years in prison and/or could pay fines up $100,000.
Perione is considered a repeat offender because he was convicted of being a party to a burglary, receiving stolen property, criminal trespassing, possession of marijuana, and disorderly conduct. This adds up to 6 additional years of prison time. . However, those charges were dropped in April.
Moore was found guilty of a burglary in March and was on probation at the time of the robbery.
According to the criminal complaint, Moore and Robbins allegedly set out to rob M&I Bank, 4100 Durand Ave., at 9 a.m. Friday.
A bank teller told officers with the Racine Police Department that a black male wearing a dark colored sweatshirt with the hood pulled up around his face, very large sunglasses, and a black hat had come up to her. Thinking that was suspicious about the man, she told him to take his sunglasses off and pull his hood down, according to the criminal complaint.
But the man refused, and the man was later identified as Moore.
“This is a (expletive) robbery, give me all your money, and no dye packs,” he yelled at the teller.
The bank teller told police she handed all of the money she had to Moore, which totaled $645.
“Is this all of it?” he asked.
“Yes,” the woman said.
Moore yelled at the other bank employees to stay back and not move. He then left the bank and ran into the parking lot where he got into a Ford Expedition.
A Racine Police officer heard the call and saw the SUV traveling northbound on Lathrop, turn right on 16th Street and onto West Lawn Avenue. Three people got out of the SUV and went into a residence in the 1400 block of West Lawn Avenue. The driver of the SUV and his girlfriend came out of the house. Then Robbins and Moore were taken into custody.
The driver told police he never went into the bank. But he knew that Robbins and Moore were talking about robbing a bank and he drove Moore and Robbins to M&I, which the two had intended to rob together. However, Robbins decided not to go through with the robbery at the last minute and Moore went inside to rob the bank.
Minutes later, Moore exited the bank carrying a plastic bag containing money and joined up with Robbins in the getaway car. The driver took off to the home on West Lawn.
Police found the exact amount of money in the home. They also found the plastic bag, and in the Ford Expedition they found the black zip-up jacket, black ball cap and sunglasses.
Moore is currently being held on a probation hold at the Racine County Jail and bail was set at $10,000. Robbins was arrested on the robbery and a disorderly conduct charge and his bail was set for $10,200. The cases are being heard separately. However, Robbins and Moore are expected to have his preliminary hearing on Sept. 19 in front of Alice Rudebusch.