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West Allis Police Department - Significant Arrests (April 2009)

May 27, 2009

The intent of this press release is to keep the citizens of West Allis informed about recent arrests of individuals from incidents that have been previously reported on the WestAllisNow website. On a monthly basis, a release of this nature will be shared with the citizens of West Allis.


These are only a small portion of the arrests that occur on a monthly basis, but reflect the hard work, dedication and teamwork exhibited by the men and women of the West Allis Police Department.


As always, we encourage citizens to call the West Allis Police Department (414-302-8000) or the West Allis/West Milwaukee Crime Stoppers (414-476-CASH), if you have information on any ongoing investigation and/or knowledge that may lead to an arrest.




Significant Arrest #1: On April 20th, 2009 at approximately 1:10 PM, officers responded to a home burglary in progress. The homeowner informed dispatch that he walked into his residence and found a black male standing in the bathroom. The suspect was startled by the homeowner and fled from the residence. The homeowner supplied a detailed description of the suspect to the dispatcher taking his call.


Officer Barwick who was responding to the burglary, observed a black male fitting the detailed description given out by dispatch driving a 1994 Cadillac Deville, 4 door, bearing Wisconsin registration license plate 532 PGE. Officer Barwick attempted a traffic stop of the suspect, but the suspect eluded Officer Barwick during a brief police vehicle pursuit.


The suspect was able to take approximately $30.00 in U.S. currency and $10.00 in quarters that were contained in a Crown Royal bag during the burglary. The money was never recovered.


The victim positively identified the suspect and the suspect was eventually arrested. Charges are pending. Officer Barwick, Detective Lovas and Detective Nohelty were instrumental in solving this investigation.


Significant Arrest #2: On April 20th, 2009 at approximately 3:08 AM, West Allis Police officers responded to an armed robbery at a home in the 700 block S. 56th Street. Responding officer’s found that a white male used force to enter the home, pointed a handgun at a female (victim) who resides at the home and then demanded money.


The suspect, who used a T-shirt to cover his face, told the victims not to look at his face, as the T-shirt slipped down from his face. The suspect then grabbed the female victim and pushed the handgun into her neck. The female victim, out of fear for her life, removed a Chase debit card from her pants pocket and gave it to the suspect. The suspect asked for the pin number to the debit card and the female complied.


The suspect then pulled the female into a bedroom and demanded the keys to her vehicle, which she complied. During this incident, the female refused a demand from the suspect and was struck in the head with his gun. The gun, which turned out to be a plastic air soft pistol broke into several pieces after striking the females head.


The female yelled to her boyfriend that the gun was a fake, this startled the suspect and he ran from the home. The female chased the suspect from her home and observed the suspect enter a red 2 door Buick Regal, which was being driven by a female.


A short time after the incident, officers located the suspect vehicle parked at a Citgo gas station located on W. National Ave. and S. 60th Street. The suspect and the female driver of the vehicle were arrested just after they withdrew $20.00 from an ATM machine using the female victims debit card at the Citgo gas station.


The male suspect was charged with Armed Robbery – Use of Force and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and the female suspect (driver) was charged with Armed Robbery – Use of Force P.T.A.C. at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. Officers Treep and McNally were key contributors to the investigation.


Significant Arrest #3: On April 23rd, 2009 at approximately 5:45 AM, Late Night Patrol Division officers Stachula and Kempinski were on routine patrol near 70th Street and W. Grant Street when they were dispatched to a report of theft from a motor vehicle. Officers were aware of several vandalisms’ and thefts’ from motor vehicles in the area on that date and while traveling to the reported theft, they noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in the alley behind the address 2147 S. 67th Place.


As officers approached the suspicious vehicle, they notice two males near a garage. One of the males ran when he observed the officers, he was arrested shortly after and the second male was later arrested as he was found hiding under a vehicle in the area.


An extensive investigation, which included officers from the Late Night Patrol Division and detectives from the Criminal Investigation Bureau, was conducted relating to numerous criminal acts in the geographic area.


The investigation, through interrogation, evidence collection and victim witnesses observations, revealed that the two suspects arrested were responsible for two garage burglaries and in excess of 130 entries into locked vehicles from a time period starting in early March of 2009 until the date of their arrest.


The total damage to the numerous vehicles entered was estimated at $29,460.00 and the total loss of property from the vehicles and two garages was estimated at $29,597.00. On the date of the suspect’s arrest, officers recovered and returned significant amounts of stolen property to the rightful owners.


As of this time, both suspects are being held at the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility relating to illegal immigration detention while pending charges for the numerous acts of theft and two burglaries are being determined by a special prosecutor at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. Officers Stachula and Kempinski (Arrest and Investigation), Detectives Pye (Interrogation and Investigation) and Johnson (Evidence Processor and Property/Evidence Coordinator), Detective Sergeant Best (Evidence Processor) and Clerical Patricia Kompas (Property Coordinator) all contributed to the successful resolution of this case.



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