Looks like a concerned citizen fucked up their plans to rob a credit union.
Planned robbery tied to murders Court records: Suspect eyed credit union
By Jeff Wilford
RACINE - Before two women were shot to death in their Blaine Avenue home on Oct. 11, the man considered a suspect in their deaths sat in a car around the corner from the Horizon Credit Union.
This was the plan: He would go inside and rob the credit union, while another man, Jamal Dwayne Martin, blocked the drive-up with the car and waited as the getaway driver, according to Racine County Circuit Court records. They would split the money 60-40, with Martin getting 40 percent. They had masks and guns inside the car. The soon-to-be murder suspect got out of the car to remove the front license plate.
Before they could rob the credit union, however, Racine Police Officer Todd Hoover pulled up. He was responding to a citizen complaint of a suspicious vehicle in the area.
As Hoover approached the vehicle, which was parked in the 1900 block of Hayes Avenue, the suspect cradled a TEC-22 gun. Martin told police he didn't know if the suspect planned to shoot Hoover or not. Martin jumped out of the vehicle and ran; the suspect drove away, running over Hoover's foot.
Two-and-a-half hours later, Nancy Mason, 40, and her
daughter Meghan Mason, 19, were found dead inside their home at 1721 Blaine Ave. They had been bound together and to a bed with electrical cord and duct tape, gagged and blindfolded with duct tape, and shot to death.
The car police had stopped near the credit union had crashed into a garage on Republic Avenue, less than a block away from the Masons' home. Police found the TEC-22 between the two front seats of the car.
Martin, 19, 3618 21st St., sits in the Racine County Jail on a $20,000 cash bond. He was charged Friday with being a party to conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and obstructing an officer. The murder suspect, a 26-year-old Milwaukee man, is also in jail. He has not been arrested or charged with the murders, and so the Journal Times is not naming him.
He is likely to stay in jail at least until police get back the results of lab tests of evidence they collected at the crime scene and from the man. A search warrant affidavit, filed in Racine County Circuit Court last week, sheds new light on some of that evidence: * Around 2:30 p.m., the suspect borrowed someone's cell phone to call a woman in Milwaukee, from the Wendy's restaurant on Washington Avenue, and told her that his car had been stolen. She called the man's father, who agreed to come to Racine and pick him up. When the father got to Racine, he could not find the suspect.
* Police traced the suspect to Milwaukee through the vehicle he was driving, which was registered to him. They asked Milwaukee police to pick him up for running over Officer Hoover's foot.
* Milwaukee police found the suspect at a home in the 2600 block of North 49th Street. In the basement of the home, they also found a white plastic bag that contained a .380 caliber handgun, two spent .380-caliber shell casings, and duct tape with hair strands stuck to it.
Racine police are awaiting the results of lab tests, said Police Capt. Tom Christensen. They got a search warrant last week to take a DNA sample from the suspect, according to a court affidavit.
Those tests include DNA and fingerprint evidence, as well as ballistics to see if the bullets used to kill the women match the gun found.
After Martin fled from the car on Oct. 11, Officer Hoover drew his gun and ordered the driver of the car to stop, but he sped away from the curb towards Hoover. Hoover jumped out of the way, but the car still ran over his foot.
Hoover then started running after Martin. He caught him in the 2000 block of Arthur Avenue, about a block away.
Martin told police that he didn't know the murder suspect well, and that he had reluctantly agreed to help rob the credit union.
Martin and the suspect had cased the credit union two days earlier, on Oct. 9. They watched people and traffic come and go from the credit union. They had guns and masks then but didn't rob it then.
Martin is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning for a preliminary hearing of the charges against him. He could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
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