Teen suspect in attempted robbery now in custody, thanks to help from citizen witness

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A citizen witness helped Milwaukee police find and arrest a teenage suspect wanted for attempted robbery on Saturday, May 23rd.

Officers responded to the neighborhood near US 45 and Hampton Ave. around 3:30 p.m. Saturday for a report of an attempted strong armed robbery. The victim, a 58-year-old Milwaukee man, told officers he was approached by a suspect who demanded his car keys. The victim refused and the suspect began striking him before he eventually fled on foot.

A witness saw the crime take place and followed the suspect in his vehicle while giving updates to the officers.

The suspect, a 17-year-old Milwaukee man, was located a few blocks away and taken into custody.

Charges will be presented to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days.