On Friday, May 19, 2023, at 6:07 a.m., Whitewater Police received a report of a robbery at the BP Gas Station at 1138 W. Main St. in the City of Whitewater. The suspect displayed an object believed to be a weapon and forced the employee to open the cash register. The suspect then stole the money from the register. Officers were immediately dispatched, and were able to identify the individual observed on surveillance footage through previous contact.
Officers attempted to locate the male suspect, a 68-year-old Whitewater resident, at his home. The suspect was not found initially, but was later reported to be in the area. At approximately 8:03 a.m., officers located the male near his residence. The suspect fled on foot and resisted officers’ attempts to take him into custody. Officers successfully deployed a taser and safely arrested the male. The majority of the money reported stolen in the robbery was recovered. The male was subsequently confined at the Walworth County Jail. Charges for Robbery (Wis. Stat. 943.32(1)b), two counts of Resisting Officer (Wis. Stat. 946.41(1)), and Disorderly Conduct (Wis. Stat. 947.01(1)) will be forwarded to the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office.
The Whitewater Police Department would like to thank those members of the community who provided information that assisted in the efforts to take the suspect into custody.
Editor’s note: The above press release was provided by the Whitewater Police Department on May 19. Chief Daniel A. Meyer indicated that the identity of the suspect is being withheld due to the fact that he has not been formally charged. Meyer also indicated that it is believed that this robbery is unrelated to the one that occurred at Fort Community Credit Union in Whitewater on May 12th.