Police tactical units surrounded the Wauwatosa home of Frank Jude Jr. after a man inside said on the phone he was being robbed, reports show, but according to a Police Department spokesman, Jude was not present when they cleared the residence.
Jude became a major figure in the news as a crime victim in October 2004 when he was severely beaten by off- and on-duty Milwaukee police officers when he and a companion showed up with friends at a house-warming party in Bay View.
During ensuing trials, three Milwaukee officers were acquitted in circuit court, but they and several more were convicted in federal trials.
Jude reached a $2 million final civil settlement with the City of Milwaukee last March. He has made his own troubles with the law since the 2004 beating with incidents of domestic violence.
Jude was arrested again on Dec. 28 on a warrant from the Milwaukee Police Department, according to a police report. He was charged days later with two counts of violating a restraining order.
Cable service man gets alarming report from home
In the tactical situation Monday, police were called at 9:44 a.m. by a Time Warner service technician who had a 10 a.m. appointment at Jude's home in the 1300 block of North 121st Street, according to another Wauwatosa police report. He told police he arrived early, parked in the driveway and went to the door, finding it 4 inches ajar.
He knocked, he said, but got no answer. He then tried the phone number on his work log but got no answer.
The service man told police he then moved his van to the curb and called his dispatchers to see if they had another number for the residence. They did, and he dialed it.
Someone picked up, he said, but at first he heard a garbled voice that he couldn't understand. Then, he said, he heard a male voice say, "I'm being robbed, but I'm in a safe room."
The Time Warner worker left the scene and drove to a nearby gas station, where he called Wauwatosa police.
Tactical officers surrounded the home and cordoned off the neighborhood for about three hours. Early media reports said that two people were arrested, but police later said no one was in custody. In a late afternoon news release, a department spokesman confirmed that two occupants, both guests at the home, came out of the house at the direction of police and that an investigation showed all to be in order inside.
Public information officer Lt. Chris Fox said that when police arrived, there was nothing outwardly apparent to indicate a robbery or standoff situation, but they were unable to make contact with anyone inside the home and so secured the area.
The situation was resolved and the scene began to be cleared at about 1 p.m.
Recent police activity at home; lengthy record
Jude's home was the scene of a police incident on Dec. 28 when two women showed up there at 2 a.m. and began banging on the door, continuing for three minutes while Jude and his girlfriend were in a back room, he told police.
Jude told police he finally peeked out and saw that a former girlfriend, a 53-year-old Milwaukee woman, was at the door. He called police about the disturbance.
Police arrested her for disorderly conduct and the 30-year-old friend who had driven her there for drunken driving, first offense. Both women were highly intoxicated, police said.
But Jude was also arrested that night, a previously unapproved police report shows. When officers interviewed him, they discovered the valid commitment warrant from MPD.
Police reports note that Jude was convicted on two felony counts in 1996 and remained on probation when the 2004 police beating occurred. He was also convicted of battery in 2005 and sentenced to six months in jail.
Jude's then-wife was issued a restraining order against him in 2007, and in 2008 he was arrested for violation of that order, although charges were dismissed on the prosecutor's motion. At that time, Jude's address was given as Redgranite Correctional Institution.
On Jan. 4, just a week and a half ago, Jude was again charged with two criminal counts – violating a domestic abuse injunction and knowingly violating a domestic abuse order.
According to Fox 6 News, that complaint said he repeatedly texted and called a woman after being ordered not to. Jude then failed to show up for a police interview. He told a detective by phone, the Fox 6 report said, “I’m not gonna sit in jail, I didn’t do nothing.”