A bank robbery suspect is arrested and charged after fingerprints, Facebook and fashion helped the Milwaukee Police Department solve the crime. The suspect, 18-year-old Malik K. Hartfield of Milwaukee, was arrested on July 4 for his involvement in the June 22 robbery of the TCF Bank inside the Pick ‘n Save at 2355 N. 35th Street. Hartfield entered the bank and gave the teller a note demanding money. The teller complied and Hartfield fled from the scene. The demand note was recovered and the defendant’s fingerprints were identified. Hartfield’s fingerprints were also found on the door of the building. Officers reviewing video surveillance from the crime noticed Hartfield was wearing a unique sweatshirt. The officers then looked at Hartfield’s Facebook page and saw him wearing the same sweatshirt as shown in the video.
District Three officers executed a search warrant at Hartfield’s home and recovered two more demand notes. Hartfield’s mother was shown a photograph from the video surveillance and identified the bank robber as her son. Hartfield faces one count of Robbery of a Financial Institution and if convicted could serve a 40-year prison sentence.