A Wauwatosa teenager tried his best to escape a pair of attackers early Friday morning, and he lost a dollar but got back his shoes.
At 12:41 a.m. Friday, a 17-year-old Wauwatosa boy reported that he had been robbed and beaten about 10 minutes earlier by two young men who set upon him while he was heading to a friend’s house.
He told police he was walking on North 61st Street, just crossing West Wisconsin Avenue, when the two approached him out of the dark.
One of them asked him, “How much money you got?” and he pulled out a $1 bill and said, “Here.” At that, the other of the two subjects drew back his fist and punched him in the jaw.
The victim ran through a yard toward his friend’s house, but the two attackers chased him and repeatedly knocked him down, he said. He told officers he thought the two were trying to steal his $400 “Jordan” shoes, and he did lose one in the tussle.
He finally broke away and ran, losing his other shoe along the way, but the attackers broke off and he made it to his friend’s house. There, he called his father, who came to take him home.
interviewed him there, then returned to the scene of the crime, where they found his shoes just where he said he had lost them.
The boy described his attackers as black, both 18 to 20 years old, one of them 5-feet-10-inches to 5-feet-11-inches tall with a thin build and his hair in a short afro; the other 6-feet to 6-feet-1-inch tall, thin build, with a buzz cut.
The victim had a number of bruises and scrapes but did not require medical assistance.