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Police Reports: Battered Woman Takes Matters Into Her Own Hands

Mother of three takes a defensive stance after former boyfriend abuses her in front of her brood – and she drives him off.

A Wauwatosa woman showed her sympathetic side – lending her car to her ex-boyfriend – and then her fiercely protective side, defending herself and her children after he became violent.

In the end, she faced him down like a mother bear.

According to police reports:

At 4:07 a.m. Feb. 4, a 43-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for domestic battery and disorderly conduct after he struck and threatened his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his 4-year-old child, at her Wauwatosa apartment.

She called police to The Reserve, 6100 W. State St., where she told officers her former boyfriend had borrowed her car and returned it far later than promised. That sparked an argument that escalated, she said, as he damaged her property, struck her multiple times in the face, then stole her keys and cell phone.

After leaving briefly, he demanded to be let back in. When she refused to let him in the front door, he went to the back and pounded on the door.

She again refused to admit him, so he broke down the door and charged in – to find the woman standing in the kitchen with her two older children, pointing a .38-caliber pistol at his heart.

He threw down her phone and keys and fled, and police picked him up later on the street.

In other recent incidents:

Saturday

At 10:29 p.m., an 18-year-old Milwaukee woman was cited for disorderly conduct after she threw a glass at her server’s head at Applebee’s restaurant at Mayfair Mall. She was one of a group of six young women and girls who were loud and boisterous throughout a meal, complained constantly about their food and service, and then refused to pay a required gratuity on their separate checks, according to police reports. The suspect threw her glass at the waitress after she said she would be adding the gratuity to her bill, just missing her. The glass smashed against the wall, and then the whole group jumped up and chased the waitress, who still had the suspect’s credit card. They all left without paying but were stopped by mall security. After police arrived, they were all escorted back inside and paid their tabs – with gratuity added.

At 5:20 p.m., a 47-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for theft from Macy’s at Mayfair after she was seen putting a leather handbag and three package of socks into a bag and then trying to leave without paying. She was detained without incident and the goods, worth $273.98 retail, were recovered.

A Janesville man reported that between 3:15 and 4:40 p.m., someone smashed a window in his car while it was parked at Mayfair Mall and stole a GPS unit.

At 3:18 p.m., a 27-year-old Milwaukee man was cited for trespassing in Mayfair Mall when he ignored a ban imposed in 2010 and was recognized near the center court by a mall security officer. The man had been banned after and incident of lewd and lascivious conduct in the mall in 2010, but has continued to hold a job at PJ Chang’s restaurant. He was granted an exception to the ban only to go to and from work but never to enter the mall proper. He at first told police he had gone in only to fill out a job application at Five Guys, but later admitted he was looking for someone involved in the 2010 incident with the intention of a confrontation.

At 3:42 a.m., police were called to the 2500 block of North Mayfair Road – the address of Mayfair Mall – on a report of an abandoned car stuck on the median. Officers approaching the car could smell burnt marijuana even though its doors and windows were shut. They spotted a man walking nearby who admitted he had been in the car but denied he had been driving. He clearly had been drinking heavily, but as no one had seen him driving he could not be arrested for operating while intoxicated. He was, however, arrested for possession of marijuana after officers found a jar of buds and a bag of THC candy in his car.

Friday

At 7:13 p.m., a 19-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for theft from CVS Pharmacy, 7520 Blue Mound Rd., and on a warrant after he grabbed a 30-pack of beer and three bottles of liquor and ran out of the store to a waiting SUV. The store manager got the license number, and police traced it to a Milwaukee woman who named her son as the driver. He admitted his friend had done the deed, and they both showed up at the Wauwatosa police station, where the thief was cited. The young man posted bond of $569 on two Waukesha warrants, accepted a ticket for retail theft with bail set at $177, and agreed to return to CVS the next day and pay $80 restitution for the beer and liquor – which he said he and his friends had thrown out because they were worried about getting caught.

At 6:34 p.m., a 16-year-old Wauwatosa girl was cited for disorderly conduct inside Wauwatosa West High School after she started a fight with another girl after cheerleading practice.

At 2:03 p.m., a 15-year-old Milwaukee girl was cited for trespassing at Mayfair Mall after she was reported as a retail theft suspect by Abercrombie and Fitch. She was found by police and detained at the Barnes and Noble store, and while no theft could be proved, officers learned that she had been banned for five years for a theft in November and had been cited again for theft and trespassing on Jan. 5, her ban at that time having been extended. It was extended yet again for another month beyond the already imposed and extended five years.

Thursday

At 12:18 a.m., a patrol officer West Center Street and Lefeber Avenue spotted a stolen car with three people in it and followed, waiting for backup squads to converge. When three more squads arrived, he tried to make the stop, but the driver hit the gas and led the police on a 1.6-mile chase up and down thoroughfares and side streets alike at speeds of 60 mph, running a dozen stop signs. Finally, the three abandoned the car in the 5000 block of West Medford Avenue in Milwaukee. One passenger was captured, proving to be a 13-year-old boy who claimed he had gone along for the ride not knowing the car was stolen until the driver fled from police. He said he knew the driver only by his nickname. The boy was released to his mother without charges but warned that he could still face arrest as party to the crime as the investigation continues. The car had been stolen in Milwaukee and its ignition had been hotwired.

Last Wednesday

At 3:06 p.m., a 30-year-old Waukesha man was arrested for disorderly conduct and jailed for violating parole after he got in a fight with his ex-girlfriend in her car while she was driving on North Mayfair Road near West North Avenue. He wanted to have sex with her, she said, and when she declined, he grabbed her steering wheel and almost caused an accident. He also tried to take away her keys and phone. Police picked him up and found he was on parole for false imprisonment and second-degree sexual assault.

Feb. 5

At 11:42 a.m., police were called to Boston Store at Mayfair Mall to take a report on an attempted theft in which the subject escaped but a store agent was able to grab back all the goods. The man had been seen taking clothing from the Polo section to another area of the store and then stuffing the shirts and hats in a bag. When he tried to leave without paying, a loss prevention officer was waiting to stop him, but he said, “No, I’m not giving you (expletive)” and tried to run. The agent snagged the bag, and after a brief tug-of-war, kept it. In it were four shirts and two hats, together worth $436.50. The suspect was described as a black man in his 40s, 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10, 225 to 240 pounds, with a medium brown complexion but having darker blotches on his cheeks and white blotches around his nose. He fled in a waiting red station wagon.

At 7:06 a.m., a resident of the 6600 block of West Garfield Avenue reported that overnight his 1999 Jeep Cherokee was stolen out of his driveway. He said the Jeep had been locked and all keys were accounted for. The Jeep was found before 9 a.m., running, in an alley in the 2200 block of South Layton Avenue in Milwaukee. The ignition cylinder had been pulled but replaced and the Jeep appeared to have suffered little or no damage.

Feb. 4

At 4:48 p.m., a 59-year-old Pewaukee woman was arrested theft from Boston Store after she was seen in the cosmetics department hiding an expensive face cream in her purse. When she was stopped while trying to leave without paying, she was found to have, besides the $109 tube of Strivectin skin repair, two pairs of underwear and a camisole, together worth $49. The woman declined to make a statement.

A police officer was sent to Macy’s at Mayfair Mall to take charge of a bag found on the sales floor that contained 10 corner cut baggies each containing a white rock-like lump of something, together weighing 1.77 grams. The police report did not indicate that the rocks were tested to determine whether it was an illegal substance.

A resident of the 2300 block of North 86th Street reported that between 6 p.m. Feb. 1 and noon Sunday, someone punctured a tire on his car while it was parked in his driveway.

Feb. 3

At 8:37 p.m., a 17-year-old girl employed at Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair Rd., was arrested for embezzlement after she admitted taking $90 cash out of the till to help her mother pay her rent.

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