At about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, a bank robber got the surprise of his life.
He had just robbed the Main Branch of the Stoughton Cooperative Bank at 950 Park Street (near Tenth Street) and was on his way out the door. The alarm had not been pulled yet. Coming into the bank to do some personal business, in plainclothes, was Stoughton Police Detective Erik Feist.
After Feist got inside, bank officials told him they had just been robbed by the man who had passed by him on his way in. Feist, acting on his own, arrested the suspect at gunpoint on scene.
This person is a suspect in other area bank robberies.
Police Chief Paul Shastany told About Town/Snyder's Stoughton that, "we cannot reveal his personal information at the moment. The investigation is expanding to other jurisdictions, and a release could compromise that investigation."
Chief Shastany said the suspect had a knife and passed a note to the bank teller. The stolen money was recovered during the arrest. Stoughton Police are now working with the FBI on this case.
The suspect is now in custody at the Stoughton Police Department and will be arraigned at Stoughton District Court on Friday, according to the Chief.
There were no injuries during this incident. Chief Shastany said he was told there was a "round of applause" at the bank when the suspect was placed in handcuffs.
"Talk about being at the right place at the right time," Chief Shastany said. "An incredible arrest."