Neenah police make arrest for deadly Short Branch Saloon robbery

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NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY) - Neenah police have made an arrest for last month's deadly robbery at the Short Branch Saloon.

Neenah Police Chief Aaron Olson announces the arrest of a suspect in the Oct. 14 Short Branch Saloon robbery when a patron was shot and killed (WBAY photo)

Police Chief Aaron Olson announced the arrest of a Menasha man, Casey Cameron, 36. He was arrested in Neenah without incident.

Olson said police are asking the district attorney's office for charges of first-degree intentional homicide, robbery and first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

"After the senseless act occurred, I promised the media and the public that investigators would relentlessly pursue justice and our investigators did just that. They relentlessly pursued justice," Chief Olson said.

Chief Olson would not take any questions or reveal any other details about what transpired during the robbery or what led them to Cameron.

Police were searching a home on Racine Street in Menasha Friday night. Police would not confirm Cameron lives there but we connected him to the house through online records.

Cameron is expected to appear in court next week, and that's when the criminal complaint will be filed and we should find out more details.

Online court records don't show a criminal history for Cameron in Wisconsin, but they show he used to live in Neenah within walking distance of Short Branch Saloon.

We also found that Cameron has ties to a person who works at the bar. Just hours after the shooting, he posted on his Facebook page, "To all those concerned ... in light of last night's events, rest easy knowing that she is well and home; she was not working at Short Branch last night. Thank you for your concern, and keep the other families and folks present in hearts and minds please."

The Short Branch Saloon was robbed early Monday, Oct. 14.

Police say the robber fired 4 or 5 shots, hitting one of the patrons. Kevin "Hollywood" Hein was killed two weeks before his 60th birthday.

A statement from the police department Friday read, "We want to say thank you to the victim's family and friends for their assistance and patience in this investigation. This was a senseless act of violence and we are very happy that an arrest has been made."

In addition to their own police investigators and officers, the Neenah Police Department credited the Wisconsin Crime Lab, Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, the Lake Winnebago Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Menasha and Fox Crossing police departments, Winnebago County Crime Stoppers and the public for assisting the case.

Two days after the robbery, police released cell phone video from inside the saloon of a man outside putting on sunglasses and a face mask. They also released surveillance video of a sedan with silver hubcaps going down the street after the robbery.

Investigators described a tall white man who was balding, balding or had extremely short hair. He might have had an injury to his head or face.

CLICK HERE to view video of the suspect.

CLICK HERE to view video of the suspect vehicle.

Kevin Hein was honored with a motorcade of hundreds of motorcycles at his memorial and funeral service (see related story). He worked at Pierce Manufacturing, and a Pierce fire truck customized with his name and picture led the procession.

Friends remembered him as a gentle teddy bear who enjoyed listening to live music and never met a stranger he couldn't be friends with.

Short Branch Saloon held a celebration of life for Hein in late October, putting proceeds towards a memorial bench for Hein to go outside the saloon.