A lieutenant with the Wauwatosa Police Department said local officers and detectives have done a "really good job" in tracking down suspects following a string of violent crimes in the city.
Public Information Officer Lt. Brian Zalewski said follow through by members of the police department has resulted in the arrest of suspects from incidents at Swan Serv-U Pharmacy, a home burglary on North 91st Street and a strong-armed robbery near Wisconsin Avenue and Honey Creek Parkway in recent weeks.
"They did a really good job of tracking down the suspects," Zalewski said of other department members.
Pharmacy robbed at gunpoint
Milwaukee residents Tytianna Jackson, 19, and Marquise Jones, 26, have each been charged with armed robbery after they allegedly robbed Swan Serv-U Pharmacy, 9130 W. North Ave., around 7 p.m. Aug. 1, according to a criminal complaint.
A pharmacist was completing his normal closing duties when a male, dressed in black, walked toward the cash register and ordered the pharmacist to lie face down on the ground, according to the complaint. The suspect yelled twice: "Where are the keys?" and reached into the pharmacist's pants pocket. At that point, a second employee was brought upstairs by another masked suspect armed with a gun, and ordered to the ground next to the pharmacist, according to the complaint.
One of the suspects allegedly grabbed the key and took medication from cabinets at the pharmacy.
About $372 in cash was taken from the business' two registers and about $21,300.12 worth of pills, including morphine, oxycodone, OxyContin, oxymorpoine, Vyvanse, Levitra, Cialis and Viagra, according to the complaint.
Witnesses reported seeing a silver four-door vehicle flee the scene at a high speed. A Milwaukee police officer received a report around 7:08 p.m. that evening that a silver Chevrolet Cruz traveled fast and parked on the east side of North 72nd Street before three teenage males ran from it, according to the criminal complaint.
Around 7:40 p.m., a second vehicle, a Nissan Altima, pulled up next to the parked Chevrolet Cruz and one of the passengers removed a sticker, tape or tint from the Cruz's rear window. The Altima was stopped by police, and Jackson was found inside, according to police. The Chevrolet Cruz was searched and officers found bottles of pills, check stubs from the pharmacy in Jackson's name, black clothing, latex gloves, bandannas, and a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
During interviews with authorities, Jackson admitted she was involved with the robbery and identified Jones has her boyfriend, according to the complaint. Jackson said she chose Swan Pharmacy because she used to work there and had heard of people robbing pharmacies for pills in order to get money.
Police follow blood trail
Wauwatosa police were dispatched to a home on North 91st Street on July 28 for a report of a burglary in progress. The homeowner, who was at home, said she was sleeping in her upstairs bedroom when she heard glass breaking. The woman woke her family, called 911 and heard voices downstairs while she spoke on the phone to dispatch.
When officers arrived, the suspects had left, according to a criminal complaint. The homeowner said three iPhones, an Apple MacBook Pro laptop and a purse were taken. Police noticed a large amount of blood near a broken window and throughout the home, so they called surrounding hospitals, believing that whoever cut themselves would seek medical attention.
Officers learned that Korinthian Wilson, 17, went to St. Joseph hospital in Milwaukee and sought medical treatment for a deep laceration on his forearm. Wilson, who also had a municipal warrant and a warrant from children's court, allegedly told police he cut his arm while breaking a window at the residence with a baseball bat. His arm bled badly and he said girls who were with him went into the house to take the cell phones and laptop while he drove to the hospital, according to the complaint.
Wilson also allegedly admitted to taking a vehicle from Russ Darrow Mazda in Greenfield on July 27 alongside another unknown person and admitted to participating in another burglary to a home in the 3200 block of North 79th Street between July 23 and 24, alongside others, according to the complaint.
Deasha Sanders, 17, of Milwaukee also was at the hospital. She is Wilson’s girlfriend, according to the complaint. Sanders allegedly denied any involvement in the burglary at the dealership or at the 91st Street residence, but admitted to involvement with the burglary on 79th Street.
Juvenile assaults adult
A third, violent incident came around 10:40 p.m. Aug. 1 when a juvenile attacked an adult near Glenview Avenue and Bluemound Road, Zalewski said.
The victim said he was waiting to catch a bus when he started speaking to a juvenile. The pair conversed and decided to walk into the nearby gas station together. The victim said the juvenile struck him on the face with a closed fist.
“The victim said he lost track of how many times he was hit after seven punches,” Zalewski said. “He also said he was choked.”
The juvenile took a cell phone from the man and ran west on Wisconsin Avenue. Police checked at nearby St. Charles Youth and Family Services, which, among other things, offers shelter for males and females ages 11 through 17 who are in need of a safe, secure environment as they await placement through the juvenile justice system.
Police learned there were three kids missing from the center. When one of the kids returned to St. Charles, he was questioned and when he stood up, the stolen cell phone fell out of his pants onto the floor.
“It’s not something that occurs on a regular basis,” Zalewski said of the incident, adding the 16-year-old suspect likely will be referred to juvenile court on strong-armed robbery charges.