Off-duty police lieutenant helps solve attempted carjacking in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police say an off-duty lieutenant helped solve an attempted carjacking on the city's northwest side after following the suspect.

Officers responded to a parking lot near 103rd and Silver Spring just after 4 p.m. on Monday, February 29th for a report of an attempted armed robbery. The victim, a 51-year-old Milwaukee woman, was sitting in her car when a male suspect approached her, knocked on the window, pointed a gun at her, and demanded she get out of the vehicle. The suspect even tried to open the car door but it was locked. The victim honked the horn and the suspect fled.

Officials say the horn caught the attention of an off-duty Milwaukee police lieutenant who followed the suspect -- and relayed information to other officers. The suspect, a 17-year-old male from Milwaukee, was arrested a short time later near 96th and Silver Spring.

Officers also recovered a .38 special Smith and Wesson revolver that is believed to have been used in the crime.