Po­lice ar­rest sus­pected car­jack­ers af­ter de­flat­ing tires

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Two Mil­wau­kee po­lice of­fi­cers were track­ing a stolen car taken in a car­jack­ing.

Once it was parked, they did some­thing sim­ple, but ef­fec­tive: They de­flated the tires.

When sev­eral peo­ple got in the car, the of­fi­cers tried to pull the car over and the driver sped up.

But with­out air in the tires, the car quickly stopped. The of­fi­cers ar­rested four peo­ple who ran from the car and now three of them are fac­ing charges.

The sus­pected driver, Kaine Thomas, 22, was charged Mon­day with driv­ing a ve­hi­cle with­out the owner’s con­sent and flee­ing.

Kent A. Thomas, 24, and Davonte Har­ris, 25, were charged with be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm. Har­ris also was charged with bail jump­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint:

A 63-year-old woman was car­jacked about 2 p.m. Nov. 5 af­ter she parked in the 4300 block of N. 18th St.

The woman told po­lice she heard some­one come up be­hind her and de­mand her keys.

She turned and saw a masked man point­ing a gun at her.

She told him no. The man de­manded her keys again and threat­ened to shoot her. Then, he grabbed her purse and walked to­ward her car.

She went af­ter him, say­ing she wanted her things back, and he fired. The gun­shot hit the con­crete in front of her, ric­o­cheted off and hit her on the chin.

Mil­wau­kee po­lice saw her stolen car the next night, about 10:15 p.m. The car was parked and un­oc­cu­pied in a rear lot on W. Sheri­dan Ave. near W. Leon Ter­race.

That’s when the of­fi­cer de­flated the tires and ar­rested the oc­cu­pants af­ter a brief chase.

One of­fi­cer saw Kent Thomas with a .45-cal­iber Colt firearm and bal­lis­tics matched it to the gun used in the car­jack­ing, ac­cord­ing to court records.

That gun had been re­ported stolen in Oak Creek in 2014. Po­lice also found a 9mm hand­gun un­der the driver’s seat, a search war­rant af­fi­davit showed.

The three men are due back in court Nov. 21 for pre­lim­i­nary hear­ings.

Kaine Thomas

Kent Thomas

Har­ris

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