A 26-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged in the Jan. 27 robbery of BMO Harris Bank, 9210 W. North Ave.

According to a criminal complaint filed Feb. 9 by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office, James McDonald is charged with one felony count of robbery of a financial institution. If convicted, McDonald faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.

According to Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski, McDonald was located in Milwaukee and arrested Tuesday, Jan. 31 after an investigation led police to a residence where he was staying.

"This is one example of the types of crime the public helps us solve," Zalewski said. "Information from citizens every day is an important part in getting our job done."

According to the complaint, McDonald entered the bank and slammed down a note in front of the teller that said, "This is a robbery, put it all on the table."

The complaint said the teller retrieved some money from the cash drawer and placed it on the counter. As the teller was obtaining more money, McDonald grabbed what was on the counter and ran from the bank.

Zalewski said after media accounts of the robbery circulated, an anonymous tip to police gave them an indication of the identity and location of McDonald. The complaint said the information led police to the home of McDonald's girlfriend and, after police were granted access to the home, McDonald was located and arrested.

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