Officers from the Milwaukee Police Department’s Robbery Task Force arrested four teenage suspects for a Northwest Side armed robbery and are investigating whether they could be responsible for several more. The latest incident happened in the early afternoon hours of January 3 in the 8100 block of W. Nash Street. A 50-year-old Milwaukee man was walking when he was approached by three suspects, one of whom had a gun. The suspects demanded the victim’s phone at gunpoint and then fled in a stolen 2016 Ford Focus.
Through investigative work, the Robbery Task Force found the unoccupied Focus later that day in the 2700 block of W. Clarke Street. The officers watched the car until four subjects got inside it. The officers attempted to stop the car but the driver rammed the Focus into the squad car and all four occupants fled on foot. Following a brief foot chase, all of the suspects were taken into custody. Officers found a rifle and several cell phones inside the Focus. Those arrested include a 13-year-old female, two 15-year-old males, and a 16-year-old male. All four suspects have previous arrest records with MPD. The 15-year-old driver has an arrest record dating back to 2011 for crimes including carjacking and armed robbery. Three of the four suspects were on county supervision related to previous offenses. MPD is investigating further to see whether some of these suspects may be responsible for similar armed robberies across Milwaukee. MPD will present this case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days.