A 40-year-old Milwaukee man is facing charges after Maquoketa police allege he robbed the Fidelity Bank & Trust on Wednesday.

According to a news release issued by the Maquoketa Police Department, officers were sent to Fidelity Bank & Trust, 18298 Iowa 64, at 1:46 p.m. after the dispatch center received a holdup alarm.

Dispatch informed officers that the person suspected of robbing the bank had left the scene in a silver SUV with no license plates, and headed north on U.S. 61.

Officers from Maquoketa Police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department drove north on U.S. 61 to try and find the vehicle. Other Maquoketa officers went to the bank.

At the bank, officers learned that the man approached a teller and handed her a note. He implied a firearm, but did not show a gun. The teller put some money into a bag and the man left.

Bank employees also gave officers a better description of the man and the vehicle, which was sent to other agencies.

The Dubuque Sheriff’s Department saw a vehicle matching the description of the SUV from the bank and attempted to stop it. The vehicle fled and Dubuque Sheriff’s deputies pursued. The pursuit ended when the SUV crashed.

Charges of bank robbery are pending against Donte Rhodes.

Rhodes also is facing charges in Dubuque County in connection with the pursuit.

-- Thomas Geyer

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