Two days after an older woman was robbed of her purse in the Village, another woman reported that she had also been the victim of an attempted robbery that same night, just 20 minutes earlier and not far away.
Wauwatosa police are treating the crimes as definitely related, even though one incident involved one assailant and the other two. The description of the main actor in both cases matches.
In the robbery reported earlier, a single white male subject accosted a woman in a Village parking lot and snatched her purse, pulling her to pavement in the process. The new report tells of two white males who tried to rob a Milwaukee woman about 20 minutes earlier near North 68th and West State streets.
According to newly released police reports:
A Milwaukee woman reported on Friday morning that at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday she had been robbed by two young men who said they had a gun.
The woman said she had just left Outpost Natural Foods, 7000 W. State St., and was heading toward the bus stop at North 68th Street, when the two men appeared close behind her.
One of them, she said, told her, “I want your money. I want your money for food.” She looked back at them and said, “I don’t have any money.”
The same suspect then said, “We have a gun,” while his silent companion made a gesture as if pointing a weapon and then reached into his pocket.
The woman said she panicked and simply ran away as fast as she could and made it into the corner mall on the northwest corner at 68th and State. She looked back and could no longer see the suspects, she said.
She described the suspect who spoke to her as white, 20 to 25 years old, 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10 in height, weighing about 175 to 185 pounds, with almost shoulder-length brown hair and wearing dark clothing. The second was also white and 20 to 25 years old, 5-feet-10 to 5-feet-11, 170 to 180 pounds, also wearing dark clothing. The woman believed she would recognize the first suspect if she saw him again.
The report did not say why the woman waited two days to report the crime.
In the incident reported earlier, a woman leaving dinner at Cafe Hollander was assailed and robbed at about 8:50 p.m. Wednesday by a man she described as “a nice looking kid,” white, in his mid-20s, 5-feet-9- or 5-feet-10-inches tall, of average build, with brown hair, wearing blue jeans and a dark blue windbreaker with the hood up. She said the windbreaker was light blue on the inside of the hood.