Police arrest suspected carjackers after deflating tires
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.