In a very public display of anger management problems, a young Milwaukee man blew up at his sometimes girlfriend and trashed her car, ruined her purse, stole her phone, pushed her, bit her, choked her and finally tried to take her shoes – all in front of a growing crowd at Mayfair Mall, police say.
At 5:28 p.m. Saturday, an 18-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for battery, disorderly conduct, bail jumping and as a fugitive after he got into a fight with a girlfriend, also 18, in the mall parking lot in front of Macy's, police reports said.
According to the victim, they were just arriving at the mall, where she intended to meet a female friend, and she told her boyfriend it was time for him to leave.
She told police he became angry and ripped the stereo out of her dashboard, blowing a fuse. He then grabbed her purse and yanked it away, tearing the strap off it, and next demanded her cell phone after she got out of her car.
When she wouldn’t give it to him, she said, he grabbed her and snatched it out of her back pocket. Next, she said, he pushed her up against a column near the entrance to Macy’s and bit her left cheek, tried to drag her back to her car, and choked her with both hands around her neck.
When a Mayfair security officer arrived, the suspect was trying to take away the victim’s shoes.
The suspect finally ran from a crowd that had gathered and was trying to stop him. When the first police officer arrived to speak to the victim, the suspect leaped out of hiding from the bushes near the northwest corner of Macy’s and bolted off through the parking lot toward Buffalo Wild Wings, 2635 N. Mayfair Rd.
He was apprehended when he was found hiding under a van in a apartment parking lot across Mayfair Road, where mall security officers had followed him.
It turned out that the suspect already had an order of no contact with the victim stemming from an earlier, open case of battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. He was also wanted on a sheriff’s warrant for another case of disorderly conduct.
The victim stated – or perhaps understated – that the suspect sometimes gets violent when he becomes upset.