Burglar Threatens to Kill Resident in Surprise Confrontation

Criminal picks a home he no doubt thought was unoccupied, but resident was alone in his basement and ended up having a shocking encounter in his living room.


A resident of the 4100 block of North 99th Street reported that he was the victim of an attempted burglary at his home at about 5 p.m. Saturday, and that he had confronted the criminal and had been threatened by him with his life.

The victim said he was working in his basement when he heard someone walking around upstairs. Thinking his wife had come home, he said, he went upstairs, only to find a stranger in his living room trying to take his 42-inch TV set.

He yelled at the man to get out of his house, he told police, but the burglar replied, “You get out.”

He yelled at the man again to get out and said he was calling the police, he told officers, whereupon the burglar yelled back at him that he should get out of the house or he would either “shoot or kill” him.

He then left, though, without harming the homeowner or taking any property, and got into a dark-colored pickup truck parked on the street. The victim said that while he was calling police, the burglar sat in the truck for a minute before roaring off at high speed, going east on West Fiebrantz Avenue.

The victim described the perpetrator as black with a dark complexion, 6-feet to 6-feet-2-inches tall, 250 to 270 pounds, unshaven, wearing a dark shirt or jacket and dark pants. He could not provide a better description of the truck because it was too dark out, he said. He said the suspect never showed a weapon despite his threat to shoot.

Wauwatosa police scoured the area but did not spot a likely suspect, and could get no further information from any neighbors who were home at the time.


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