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Suspect in Brookfield Subway armed robbery started with apology, ended with thank you

Mukwonago man also suspect in two Waukesha robberies

March 19, 2013

"Thanks guys, have a good night. By the way, the name's Mike."

That's what Salvador Sanchez allegedly told Subway employees after he robbed the restaurant last Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Mukwonago man was charged Monday with a felony count of robbery with threat of force after police said he walked into the restaurant with a gun and demanded money.

According to the criminal complaint:

Town of Brookfield police responded to Subway, 19555 W. Bluemound Road, at 9:55 p.m. on March 13 after employees reported a robbery.

Two startled employees told officers that a man, later identified as Sanchez, walked into the restaurant as the two were counting money and preparing to close.

A male employee said Sanchez charged toward the counter and said, "I'm sorry to do this guys, but give me all your money in the drawer."

Sanchez then lifted his shirt and showed a gun tucked in his waistband.

A female employee said Sanchez said "Come on, I'm not playing," and didn't wait for employees to give him the money, but proceeded to reach into the drawer and grab the bills himself.

Sanchez ran out of the door, dropping a $5 bill on his way out, and told the employees his name was "Mike" and to "have a good night." He then fled in a waiting vehicle.

Connection to Waukesha robberies

Video surveillance from the Brookfield robbery helped Waukesha police identify Sanchez in two robberies that occurred in the city days later, according to the criminal complaint.

Two days later, on March 15, a man matching the description given in the Subway incident robbed a Speedway gas station, 1600 E. Sunset Drive, in Waukesha at 12:54 a.m.

The next day, the same series of events at Subway, 131 E. Sunset Drive, led to Sanchez's capture.

At 8:47 p.m., a man described as 5-feet, 6-inches tall, wearing a ski mask, a hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans, walked into the restaurant, demanded cash and lifted his shirt to show a gun, and ran away after collecting $200, according to the Waukesha police report.

Sanchez was arrested shortly after the third robbery.

Authorities have not released the circumstances that led to his arrest, pending their investigation of both robberies.

He has not yet been charged in connection to the Waukesha robberies, but authorities said he was a suspect in those incidents.

When Waukesha police arrested Sanchez, he was wearing the same clothes he was seen wearing in the Brookfield robbery.

If convicted, Sanchez faces up to 15 years in prison.

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