A Milwaukee man leaving work Tuesday night found himself ordered to the ground with a gun to his head as he was searched and robbed by two masked men.
According to the police report, the 34-year-old victim works at , 6706 W. North Ave., and just before he left a little after 10 p.m. he saw two men clad in black try the southwest door to the dining room.
The door was locked because the dining room closes at 8 p.m., he said, and after his ordeal to come, he told police he believed they had intended to rob the restaurant.
The victim left the restaurant through the main doors, heading for his car, he said. But just as he walked out, the two men, now masked, ran up to him from around the southwest corner of the building.
Both men pointed handguns at him and began barking orders. He told police he did not know which one said what, but he remembered hearing, "Get on the ground," "Empty out your wallet," and "Give me whatever you've got."
The victim said he sat down on the pavement, and one of the robbers began digging through his pockets while the other held his gun to the back of his head.
The robbers took the man's wallet, two cell phones and a set of keys. Then, he said, they ran north to the back of the KFC building and then west through the alley behind it.
He described the men as one black and one Hispanic, both 5-feet-10-inches to 5-feet-11-inches tall, with thin builds. Both were wearing black baseball caps and black pants, with black bandanas pulled up to their eyes. He thought the black man was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, while the Hispanic man was wearing a black long-sleeved shirt.
The black suspect carried a silver semi-automatic pistol, he said, and was the one who held his gun to him. The Hispanic suspect, who went through his pockets, carred a black semi-automatic, he said.
Police were unable to quickly try a trace on the stolen cell phones because the victim couldn't remember the number for either one.
The victim said that he had only been living in Milwaukee for about two months, having come from Florida to stay with his girlfriend for a while, and had intended to return to Florida next week.
Similar incidents nearby
The robbery bears some similarities to in the same area of West North Avenue, one that occurred last week on Wednesday and another the preceding Saturday.
In those incidents, a resident coming home from work at night saw three men of about the same height and build, hooded and dressed in dark or all-black clothing, following him, and two of them robbed him on North 63rd Street, with one of them displaying a black handgun. Two masked and hooded men in black of about the same build robbed a mail carrier working his route in broad daylight on North 62nd Street.
The victim in Tuesday's robbery was the only one to describe one of his assailants as being Hispanic; previous victims have said the men who robbed them were both black. In the other robberies, only one of the hold-up men displayed a gun, in each case described as a black semi-automatic, and in none of the other cases had the victims been ordered to the ground and had a gun put to his head.