Ar­rests made in armed rob­beries on north side

Car­jack­ing squad caught pair in stolen ve­hi­cle

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - NEWS - ASH­LEY LUTH­ERN

Two peo­ple have been ar­rested in a spree of five armed rob­beries on the city’s north side, Mil­wau­kee po­lice an­nounced Thurs­day.

A 27-year-old man and 25-year-old wo­man were ar­rested in a stolen car within a halfhour of the most re­cent rob­bery on Wed­nes­day evening, Po­lice Capt. Wil­liam Beauch­ene said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was led by the depart­ment’s Rob­bery Task Force, which started as a tem­po­rary ef­fort in De­cem­ber 2015 to crack down on car­jack­ings, but has con­tin­ued be­cause of its early suc­cess, Beauch­ene said.

“The task force is pre­pared to re­spond to th­ese spree-type ac­tiv­i­ties al­most at a mo­ment’s no­tice,” Beauch­ene said.

The task force has 27 Mil­wau­kee de­tec­tives and of­fi­cers, as well as FBI agents and in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the district at­tor­ney’s of­fice, he said.

Later Thurs­day, Po­lice Chief Ed­ward Flynn praised the task force dur­ing a bud­get hear­ing, say­ing car­jack­ings have sig­nif­i­cantly de­clined from a peak of 80 in Novem­ber 2015.

The task force “doesn’t just get jack­ers, it gets rob­bers,” he said.

In the most re­cent case, three of the five rob­beries were re­ported within four hours Wed­nes­day.

The fi­nal rob­bery oc­curred about 7:30 p.m. at Cousins Sub, 801 E. Capi­tol Drive.

Wit­nesses pro­vided de­scrip­tions of the man and wo­man and a red Toy­ota Camry they were be­lieved to be us­ing, Beauch­ene said.

Mem­bers of the Rob­bery Task Force and of­fi­cers with District 4 saw the car near N. Hop­kins St. and W. Vil­lard Ave. and stopped it. They ar­rested the man and wo­man in­side and re­cov­ered two hand­guns.

Po­lice be­lieve the two also are re­spon­si­ble for armed rob­beries between Mon­day and Wed­nes­day at Sub­way, 2244 N. King Drive; Cousins Sub, 7140 N 76th St.; GameS­top, 1040 W. Sil­ver Spring Drive; and Sub­way, 5750 W. Capi­tol Drive.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and the two will be re­ferred to state and pos­si­bly fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors, Beauch­ene said.

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