Kenosha Police Chief Pat Patton was driving in-between administrative meetings just before 2pm last Friday, December 8, 2023, when he heard a big call being dispatched on the radio. Just seconds before, someone had called 9-1-1 to report a bank robbery at North Shore Bank, located at 6906 Green Bay Road in the City of Kenosha. The caller gave 9-1-1 dispatchers a description of the suspect and the vehicle she was in. Patton tells KCE he makes it a habit to listen to the police radio while in his unmarked car, and at his office.
Chief Patton was in the are of 61st St and 56th Ave when the call was being dispatched. “I knew the description of the vehicle and started checking the routes I would expect a bank robber to flee to avoid police given the information we were given,” said Patton. ” I located the car and followed it until marked cars could back me up.” A felony traffic stop of the vehicle with their guns drawn. The bank robbery suspect, Andrel L. Arrington, 40, of Zion, IL immediately exited the jeep, but refused to comply with officers’ commands. A struggle ensued between Arrington and about seven officers. While Arrington was actively resisting arrest, one officer cut and injured his finger – he was treated for a minor injury at a local hospital.
Officer found a torn piece of notebook paper that was in her hand that read:
“no panic button dont make sudden moves, 4,000 in 20’s 50’s 100’s only no dye packs no fake money be quick and no one will get hurt”
Out of an abundance of caution, officers obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s jeep. Inside they found a surgical mask, baseball cap, black pants, the defendant’s ID, a green sweatshirt, a North Shore Bank deposit slip, three bundles of $20 bills and a GPS tracker from the bank.
“The suspect resisted and the officers handled the arrest while I cleared the car. The officers did an incredible job blocking off the area and taking the suspect into custody. They did an incredible job dealing with a volatile and uncooperative subject, said Patton. “Ultimately, they were able to recover evidence of the crime and ensure the individual that just committed a bank robbery in our City is held accountable. It is one of the most brazen crimes an individual can commit and our officers were all over it.”
The teller at the bank told police that the suspect was wearing a baseball cap, dark green jacket, covid style mask, black pants and white shoes. The bank teller told police she put a gps tracker in with the money she gave Arrington and followed her outside after the robbery to get the vehicle description.
Arrington waived her Miranda rights and was interviewed by a detective. She was asked why she did what she did and she said life was hard. Arrington stated she used her son’s Jeep and made the spontaneous decision to rob the bank. She stated she wrote the note in the parking lot right before going into the bank and that she acted alone.
The detective then spoke to Arrington’s mother. Her mother stated that Arringtont and her husband were recently evicted from their home in Round Lake, Illinois. She stated that they had moved in with her daughter and Arrington’s car had just been repossessed and that she and her husband were constantly arguing about finances.
Arrington made her initial appearance yesterday in front of Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner William Michel II who set bail at $15,000 cash. Arrington was charged with robbery of a financial institution and resisting an officer causing soft tissue injury – both felonies. If convicted on both charges, Arrington faces a maximum of 46 years in the Wisconsin Prison System.
“I am not surprised by the Chief’s assistance to his officers,” Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian told KCE Tuesday afternoon. “The Chief’s dedication to the City has been shown over his years with the department, but his leadership has been demonstrated since being named chief and this is just another example of that.”
When Patton notified the mayor’s office of the serious incident, former police chief and current City Administrator John Morrissey told KCE that “Interestingly when[Chief Patton] called to inform [the mayor’s office] of the Bank Robbery he never mentioned his involvement, but that is what most great leaders do, they give credit to the rank and file,” said Morrissey
Friday wasn’t the first time Patton was involved in a serious incident as the City’s top cop. In December of 2022, Patton left the city council meeting to help his officers in an active shooting and helped transport patients in a nearby squad car.