Threats made to the Wauwatosa Police Department, a teen arrested in connection with a bomb threat at Wauwatosa West High School and a Wauwatosa man charged in the death of his girlfriend were some of the top crime stories in Wauwatosa in 2016. Here's a closer look.
Wauwatosa Police Department receives threats
The Wauwatosa Police Department investigated at least five separate incidents involving threats to the department or a specific officer during December.
The threats occurred shortly after Milwaukee County District Attorney's office announced it would not be issuing charges against Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah in the wake of Mensah shooting and killing Jay Anderson Jr. this past summer. The Wauwatosa Police Department said the threats may or may not be related to the DA's decision.
Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski said most of the threats have been made via phone or in writing and in one case an arrest had been made. The Wauwatosa police report shows an arrest made for unlawful use of a telephone Dec. 5 at 11:34 p.m. after a suspect made a threatening 911 call to the department. The decision regarding the charges was announced that day.
Several of the threats have been directed at Mensah and in at least one of those cases violence was a part of the threat, Zalewski said.
Tosa PD nabs suspect on garage roof
The Wauwatosa Police Department, working closely with Milwaukee police and other law enforcement agencies, captured a man suspected of numerous crimes on the roof of a Milwaukee garage the morning of Aug. 24.
Darius Darnell Moffett, 20, was under investigation for several robberies and auto thefts in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa when he was tracked down in the 4400 block of West Martin Avenue. Moffett was allegedly in the midst of additional unlawful acts when an officer emerged from some bushes and ordered Moffett to the ground. Moffett fled and after a short pursuit Wauwatosa officer Joseph Wong captured him on the rooftop.
"After several burglaries we put together an operation to (watch) (Moffett)," said Lt. Brian Zalewski, Wauwatosa Police Department public information officer. "It was a collaborative team effort that led to his capture."
Tosa man charged with killing girlfriend found under apartment balcony
A 34-year-old man is accused of killing his girlfriend, fleeing from police and attacking an officer with a knife in Wauwatosa. Jerry R. Hubbard, of Wauwatosa, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 32-year-old Lauren Johnson and first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Johnson was found under a balcony at Normandy Village Apartments, 2850 N. 124th St., Jan. 11.
Another resident called 911 that evening after hearing a female screaming in the apartment above. The resident also reported hearing a physical struggle, which lasted five to six minutes before all sounds stopped. According to court documents, the Milwaukee County medical examiner determined Johnson was suffocated and died before she fell off the balcony.
Suspects charged in string of armed robberies through Wauwatosa, Milwaukee
Two Milwaukee residents were taken into custody in May after police pieced together clues — including fingerprints and shoe prints — that allegedly tied them to a string of armed robberies throughout Wauwatosa and Milwaukee.
Markanthony Mc Harris, 17, and Deshireo T. Rivers, 27, have each been charged with six counts of felony armed robbery after they allegedly held up a number of businesses and people in early May — including two incidents in Wauwatosa.
If convicted, both face up to $100,000 in fines and 40 years in prison for each charge, according to a criminal complaint.
Teen arrested in connection with bomb threat at Wauwatosa West
The Wauwatosa Police Department arrested a 14-year-old it believes is responsible for a bomb threat at Wauwatosa West High School March 9. Police, along with school resource officers, arrested the juvenile March 15. The 14-year-old is being referred to the Milwaukee County Children's Court for a felony bomb scare charge. Police did not release the name of the suspect.
The teen is not believed to be responsible for the bomb threat made to the high school, 11400 W. Center St., on March 14. That incident, which caused authorities to evacuate the school for the remainder of the day after a written threat was found inside, is still under investigation, according to police.