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February 17, 2019

2/1/2019 2:53:00 PM
Highland robbery suspect held on $20,000 cash bond
Jermaine Anthony Smith
Jermaine Anthony Smith

If you followed a text book on how to handle a bank robbery and apprehending the suspect it would not read any different than how the alleged perpetrator in last week's Highland bank robbery was caught.
It took only 45 minutes for authorities to stop and arrest Jermaine Anthony Smith, 38, Avoca, after he allegedly entered Highland State Bank while wearing a mask and telling employees he had a weapon. Iowa County Sheriff Steve Michek said Smith took an undisclosed amount of cash and left the area in a blue Honda mini van about 3 p.m. Friday.
Bank employees identified the suspect as an African American male wearing a ski mask. They also identified the vehicle used to leave the scene. They told authorities he threatened use of a weapon.
"The staff at Highland State Bank did an exemplary job of following their training," Michek said. "They were very alert even though sadly they were victimized and traumatized. They should be proud of the job they did in identifying the suspect and vehicle to the best of their ability. We commend them."
"The good thing is no one got hurt," Michek said. "The employees and bystanders all ended up safe."
Highland State Bank President Mary Bomkamp was pleased with the response by law enforcement and for the support they have received.
"We would like to thank law enforcement for their quick response, and our customers and community for the continued support and understanding," said Bomkamp.
Apprehending Smith was also a study in teamwork, according to Michek.
It took only 45 minutes to stop Smith and arrest him because of the assistance from bank staff and area law enforcement. His vehicle was first spotted near Dodgeville and was followed by Dodgeville Police Chief David Bauer and officer David Brennum, catching up with him at the roundabout. As the suspect drove east toward Madison other law enforcement personnel joined in. Those included Mount Horeb Police, Highland Police, Dane County Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin State Patrol.
Michek said the arrest was finally made by Iowa County Deputy Mike Peterson. Smith was taken into custody after being stopped east of Erbe Road on US Highway 18 near Blue Mounds.
Smith is being held in the Iowa County Jail under a $20,000 cash bond.

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