Vigilantes who were not identified apparently beat, then partially stripped an alleged would be carjacker to his underwear, socks and knocked him down on the freezing snowy ground as nearby neighbors watched and took photos.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
February 8, 2016
Milwaukee, WI – On Monday, a suspected carjacker was left behind after a failed attempt to steal a caravan in Milwaukee’s Southside. Several photos appeared on the social network showing an alleged carjacker who got a beating, knocked down and left on the snowy ground (sidewalk) partially unclothed.
According to a FB posting of a nextdoor neighbor of the intended carjacking victim, at least three Afro-Americans in a greenish or bluish Cavalier tried to steal a caravan around 1:50 p.m. near the 3200 block of W. Madison Street and a vigilante or vigilantes intervened and were able to beat up one of the car thieves.
The vigilantes then chased the suspects across the S. 35th St. Viaduct heading north, according to FB postings.
Police were notified after the suspect’s photo began to circulate on FB. The suspect was arrested and police have initiated an investigation of the attempted Southside carjacking.
Update: On Tuesday, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) who first reported the incident on Monday was contacted by the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) regarding the attempted carjacking incident at the 3200 block of W. Madison Street. Two alleged auto thief suspects have been taken into custody and one other man (vigilante) who arrived at the scene and took advantage of a detained suspect by the victim and battered the suspect is sought for battery by Milwaukee police.
Milwaukee Police Sergeant Timothy Gauerke from the Chief of Police Office released the following statement, “Milwaukee Police are investigating an attempted auto theft that happened on Monday, February 8th, around 1:50 p.m. in the 3200 block of W. Madison Street. The victim observed two suspects in his vehicle attempting to steal it. He confronted the suspects who fled. The suspects attempted to enter a get-away vehicle and one of the suspects was successful. The second suspect was confronted and punched by the victim. The second suspect continued to flee on foot. A witness attempted to detain the second suspect, grabbed him by the pants pulling them off, as the second suspect climbed a fence and continued to flee. Shortly after, an unknown person battered the second suspect and posted it to Facebook. MPD is working to determine who battered the second suspect.
“The second suspect, who is a 15-year-old Milwaukee male, has since been arrested and suffered a minor injury during this incident. Once the investigation is complete the case will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office for charges against the 15-year-old for attempted motor vehicle theft, and the person responsible for battering the suspect.”