Friday, May 3, 2013
Failing to snatch purse of victim with 5-year-old child, man pursues her and commits lewd act at bus shelter in mid-afternoon, then does it again to another victim four blocks away.
A man* was arrested at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday for attempted strong-arm robbery and for lewd and lacisvious behavior after he tried to snatch one woman's purse and then exposed himself to her and a short time later to another woman, according to police. Officers were dispatched to North 60th Street at West North Avenue after a woman called to say she had been accosted twice, near and at the bus stop, by a man carrying a large can of beer. Just as one officer was approaching that victim, another officer said he had spotted and stopped the suspect in the parking lot at Radio Shack, 6421 W. North Ave., and also had another victim on the scene. That officer had been coming east on North Avenue when he saw a man matching the description given, …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Attempted robberies net assailants nothing but frighten three Wauwatosa boys and injure a Milwaukee man.
Three Tosa teenagers and a Milwaukee man were the victims in similar attempted strong-arm robbery attempts, but Wauwatosa police have not said they believe the attacks were related. At 7:14 p.m. Friday, three Wauwatosa boys, two 15 and one 16 years old, reported that they were attacked by two young men or older boys while they were walking home together from a friend’s house. They were in the 2200 block of North 67th Street, they said, when the two assailants got out of a green Chevy Suburban parked in the lot at McDonald’s and approached them. One of them asked, “You got any weed?” the boys told officers. One of the victims said, “No,” and they kept walking. Then one of them was grabbed from behind by the neck and pushed to his knees. One…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Police had little trouble tracing two unrelated crimes to two suspects when the victims — and a note left by one of the burglars — point directly at known persons.
Police were seeking a known suspect in an apartment burglary reported early Tuesday and were certain enough of his identity they were already seeking charges before having him in custody. Meanwhile, they quickly arrested a suspect in an earlier apartment burglary who was not hard to find — he was in the upstairs. According to the police reports: At 12:13 a.m. Tuesday, a woman who had just moved into an apartment in the 6600 block of West Center Street reported that she had just come home and seen her estranged ex-boyfriend’s car in the alley, and she feared he was inside. She had called police at 5 p.m. Monday to report seeing him near her apartment, and told officers then that she was in danger from him. She said that a few days before he…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
All together 11 armed robberies and one attempt could add up to several lifetimes worth of prison sentences.
The man arrested on suspicion of robbing and carjacking three young men at gunpoint on Feb. 2 in Wauwatosa has been charged with that crime and 16 more, all felonies, most of them also armed robberies. Kenneath Turner-Harris, 22, committed the string of robberies and some burglaries from at least early November through his capture on Feb. 3, according to a criminal complaint. That came after the car he was driving in a Milwaukee robbery was identified as the one he'd stolen from a Wauwatosa man. All told, Turner-Harris is accused of 11 armed robberies, 1 attempted armed robbery, two burglaries, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of fleeing an officer. Each count of armed robbery is punishable by up to 40 years …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Baited and robbed, an Oak Creek man says, he clutched the escaping car and tried to get his goods, but the driver just kept going faster until he had to bail.
Three people have been charged with robbery and recklessly endangering safety after they duped an Oak Creek man into handing over $300 for a phone and then drove off while he clung to their accelerating car, a criminal complaint says. The victim said he had rendezvoused in Wauwatosa with a woman selling the phone on Craigslist, and when she and two men with her started away with the phone and his money, he reached into the car trying to grab the phone, then found himself going for a ride on the wrong side of the door. He let go and rolled away when he realized they were just going to keep going faster, he said. Wauwatosa police spotted the car not long afterward and arrested the three suspects. Charged last week in Milwaukee County Circuit…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Robberies thought to be the work of a single loose-knit group of suspects working out of Milwaukee's Sherman Park area.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Physical property evidence from a break-in is added to positive identifications in two armed robberies, piling up quite a body of likely felony charges against a 22-year-old suspect.
An active if not exceptionally bright criminal suspect made the mistake of taking the loot from one crime along to another, police believe. Inside a car stolen in a gunpoint robbery in Wauwatosa and then used in another robbery the next night, police found property belonging to a nearby Milwaukee resident and now are confident the suspect's arrest in those crimes will also solve a burglary. Due to incomplete information, it had appeared, and was reported Tuesday, that a suspect in the Saturday carjacking on North Avenue in Tosa had been captured later that same night in Milwaukee. New reports show that it wasn't until Sunday night that a Wauwatosa teenager's stolen Honda Accord was used in a street robbery in the 4500 block of North 77th …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Crimes hit home hard for a Wauwatosa family as one girl loses her car and sense of security; now her older sister's close friends are victims in another robbery and carjacking.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jim Price
Tuesday, February 5
At least one suspect is in custody in a string of carjackings and robberies police say have been plaguing the west metro area for months, but Wauwatosa police say there are more people involved, and they're working closely with Milwaukee police to zero in on them. For one Wauwatosa mother, a roundup of the gang thought to be commiting the crimes can't come too soon. In mid-November, her 17-year-old daughter was the victim of a cajacking in Wauwatosa outside Sendik's on North Avenue. And just Saturday night, three of her 19-year-old daughter's best friends were robbed and carjacked at gunpoint outside Famous Cigar near 71st and North. According to Wauwatosa police, the suspected carjacker in that incident was arrested later Saturday night …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Youth may face a serious felony charge for grabbing phone out of woman's hand. He was one of a group of five who seemingly conspired to rob her – but whose friends thought better and brought back her property.
A 14-year-old faces a possible charge of armed robbery after a woman identified him as the boy who grabbed her cell phone and wrenched it away from her on a county bus, according to Wauwatosa police reports. At 5:48 p.m. Jan. 12, police were called to North Mayfair Road and West Burleigh Street on a report of a strong-arm robbery and later arrested the Milwaukee boy in the incident. A Milwaukee woman flagged down officers at Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair, and told them she had gotten on a No. 60 county bus at Mayfair Mall, and that five young males also got on after her. She was talking on her cell phone during the ride, she said, and when they got to Mayfair and Burleigh, the teenagers got up to get off the bus. The second of the boys to pass …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Howard L. Mayfield knows he's being sought for a robbery that, if proven, will send him back to prison. But he calls police to see if they'll bring back his Cadillac.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jim Price
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Robbing a Walgreens store of a fistfull of cash cost a West Allis man his Cadillac sedan, his job, and his freedom to move around openly in society, according to Wauwatosa police reports. If or when he's apprehended, it'll likely cost him all his freedom – he just finished six years in prison, and the strongarm robbery charge he's facing would put him back in prison for a good many more, if he's found, tried and convicted. In a previously unreported incident, Tosa police have gotten a felony warrant charging Mayfield with robbing the Walgreens on Dec. 5. Mayfield is being actively sought by law enforcement throughout the region. According to Wauwatosa police reports: Just after midnight that night, the manager of the Walgreens at 2275 N…