After a crime spree that stretched from Brookfield to Oak Creek, a 45-year-old man is dead after crashing into a bridge pylon while attempting to flee from police.
According to a town of Brookfield police report, the man was being driven by his mother to the Dewey Treatment Center in Wauwatosa Monday morning when he became upset and refused to go.
The report says that the man then took out a knife. His mother told him to put it away before he hurt someone. The man then cut his own wrist and began stabbing himself in the stomach and thigh, at which point the mother pulled over to the Goerke's Corners parking lot at North Barker Road and West Bluemound Road to dial 911.
After parking, the report says that the man exited the vehicle, walked around to the driver's side and pulled his mother from the vehicle before getting in and driving off.
The suspect, who has not yet been named by authorities, was reported minutes later after apparently attempting to rob the U.S. Bank at West Bluemound Road and North Calhoun Road in the city of Brookfield.
Surveillance photos showed the man jumping on the bank counter. In the photos the man had blood on his sweatshirt.
Later Monday morning, at approximately 10:27 a.m., the Greendale Police Department reported that it responded to a pair of attempted carjackings at Southridge Mall. According to the release, the suspect never displayed a weapon and no one was injured. Both carjacking attempts were unsuccessful and the man fled the scene in his own vehicle, a white Dodge Caliber. Witnesses were able to provide a description of the man's vehicle as well as its license plate number, which matched the descriptions from the Brookfield incident.
Brookfield police say that the suspect vehicle was later seen heading northbound on 76th Street away from Southridge.
Following the sighting on 76th Street, the suspect and vehicle were not seen again until they were spotted at a PDQ gas station in Oak Creek at 6300 S. 27th St., where police were called by attendants who said the man had stolen a pack of cigarettes.
Franklin and Oak Creek police located and attempted to stop the vehicle at 27th Street and Drexel Avenue. Police began pursuing the vehicle on Drexel until the chase turned northbound on Loomis Road. The vehicle left the road in the 6000 block of Loomis and crashed into the bridge pylon.
Greendale rescue and fire personnel responded to the scene of the crash. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.