Yet again, police were called to the west Wauwatosa home of Frank Jude, and he and his brother, Jerome A. Wallace, were both jailed for battery and jumping bail after they beat each other up Monday.
Jude received national attention after he was beaten by on- and off-duty police officers in 2004 in Bay View. He has since continued his notoriety through repeated run-ins with police for domestic violence, drugs and even animal cruelty.
At 2:47 p.m. Monday, police responded to a hang-up call from 1332 N. 121st St. in which an argument could be heard in the background. Six officers were sent because of the frequency of calls to the address.
At first, things seemed pretty placid. A man was out front diligently shoveling snow. He said he didn't know why police would have been called, but he said Jude was inside and officers could ask him.
As they went to the door, though, Wallace came out, bruised, spattered with drops of blood and covered with a red powder. He said everything was fine, he and his brother had just had an argument. But when Jude appeared he was bleeding heavily from the nose and trying to stanch it with a towel.
Inside the house, blood was spattered through three rooms, and two more bloodied towels had been tossed aside.
It developed that Jude had overslept and was trying to get ready for a court date. He wanted Wallace to come with him and got frantic when he couldn't find his phone. He accused Wallace of taking it.
Jude said, though, that Wallace had assaulted him with kitchen spice, throwing pepper in his face and then pulling a knife.
Wallace, on the contrary, said Jude attacked him, kicking and punching him in the basement. He'd run upstairs and gotten a knife to defend himself, and when Jude followed him, the set-to continued with punching and kicking and, somehow, Jude dousing him with paprika.
Both men had ample injuries to prove they were battered, but police could not determine for sure who started it, so they were both taken in. Both have open court cases and were violating bail just by causing a police contact, so they were both sent to jail.
The unusually large force of six officers was sent under a police department policy calling for full-scale response, including at least one supervisory level officer, to addresses that have generated a lot of police calls for violent crimes. The Jude address has been under that policy for some time.
The house was surrounded by police SWAT teams after Jude made a frantic call that he was being robbed. It turned out, though, that Jude was nowhere near the place, having called from a south side Walmart where he was hiding.
Two occupants of the house turned out to be guests, but Jude was arrested later in the day on a warrant.