Footprints in Snow Lead Officers to Robbery Suspects

February 15th, 2013 by milwaukeepolice

When a group of young adults plotted to do an early morning robbery of a pizza delivery driver in the Riverwest Neighborhood, their plan didn’t include the possibility of ending up in jail.

During the early morning hours of Friday, February 15, the four Milwaukee residents, ranging in age from 18 to 23, placed a call to a local restaurant to order pizza and other snacks. Their plan was once the driver arrived; they would threaten him with a knife and take the food. A short time later the driver arrived and encountered the group. When the knife was displayed, he handed over the food and watched as the group ran away. Police Officers Nathan Butz and Zachary Johnson of the Fifth Police District responded to the call and noticed that the new fallen snow provided excellent conditions for tracking the suspects. The footprints led them to a Milwaukee Housing Authority property.

Along with members of the Milwaukee Housing Authority, the officers learned that the group had come into the building and went to one of the units. Inside of the unit, officers found all four of the suspects, along with the stolen food and the knife used in the robbery.

All four were arrested for Armed Robbery, a Class C Felony with a penalty of up to $100,000 or imprisonment of up to 40 years or both.



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