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Waukesha man admits to Associated Bank robbery

Jan. 8, 2013

Waukesha - A 30-year-old Waukesha man was arrested Jan. 3 after admitting to police that he was the suspect sought in the Dec. 26 robbery of Associated Bank, 1270 W. Sunset Drive

James N. Rivera was charged Jan. 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with one felony count of robbery with the threat of force.

According to the criminal complaint, at about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 26, Rivera slid a note to the bank teller indicating that unless he was given $5,000 in the next 10 minutes, "he was going to detonate or blow up the bank."

The teller said in the complaint that after receiving $5,100 in various denominations, the suspect fled out the main entrance and appeared to get into a dark SUV or minivan parked near a local Subway restaurant.

Rivera was arrested based on an anonymous tip, according to a news release from the Waukesha Police Department.

In the criminal complaint, the anonymous tipster said she was a friend of the Rivera family and that Rivera had been telling various family members he was responsible for the robbery.

According to the complaint, Rivera, 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 225 pounds, matches the description of the suspect. The complaint also states that Rivera owns a dark-colored Dodge minivan similar to the one suspected to have been used in the robbery.

Rivera told police that on Dec. 26, "he was freaking out over money and decided that $5,000 from a bank would help," the complaint said. The complaint noted that Rivera was checked into Waukesha Memorial Hospital a few days before Christmas for depression and smokes marijuana to help with back pain.

The defendant also claims in the complaint he gave some of the money to his wife to pay bills and spent some on alcohol, gift cards, video games, marijuana and "lots of lottery tickets."

Rivera's first court date was schedules for Jan. 8.

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