A Waterford woman and a Waukesha man pleaded not guilty to robbing a bank in East Troy in June.

Michael K. Brown, 36, of Waukesha, and his girlfriend, Azure S. Murray, 29, were charged in July with robbery of a financial institution as a party to a crime.

At a preliminary hearing Aug. 24, Murray pleaded not guilty to the charge, and a status conference was scheduled for Oct. 29 in her case.

Brown pleaded not guilty July 25, and a final pretrial conference is scheduled in his case Sept. 27.

According to the criminal complaint, Murray is suspected of driving Brown to Associated Bank in the Village of East Troy at about 2:20 p.m. June 19. Brown is believed to have gone inside the bank with his hand over his face, threw a bag on the counter and demanded that the teller “fill it up,” according to the complaint.

The teller said she filled the bag with money, then the man, suspected to be Brown, told her and another teller to go into the bathroom and wait for five minutes before coming out, according to the complaint.

Brown allegedly left the bank and got into his car, which Murray drove away from the scene.

When Brown was apprehended, he told police Murray is a heroin user and had accumulated debt with her drug dealers, according to the complaint. He said they were afraid the dealers would shoot her and used the money stolen from the bank to pay the drug dealers, according to the complaint.

 

 
 

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