Bound over for trial: Three accused of robbing, fatally stabbing man

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Roxanne Gray, Michael Rakel, Amber Pries

MILWAUKEE — Three people accused in the robbery and fatal stabbing of 35-year-old Andre Taylor were bound over for trial in court on Wednesday, December 9th. The accused are 22-year-old Roxanne Gray, 36-year-old Michael Rakel and 25-year-old Amber Pries.

Gray and Rakel each face charges of first-degree reckless homicide party to a crime and attempted robbery (use of force). Gray faces an additional charge of felony bail jumping. Pries is charged with attempted robbery (use of force).

The charges in this case stem from the discovery of a body in the Kinnickinnic River near 9th and Harrison on Milwaukee’s south side on Friday, October 16th.

Homicide at 9th & Harrison

Homicide at 9th & Harrison

According to the criminal complaint, Pries told police that she was present with Gray and Rakel in an attempt to rob Taylor. Pries told authorities that Gray indicated “they were going to get 3 grams of heroin and 2 grams of crack.” When Pries asked Gray where she was going to get the money, Gray apparently “told her not to worry about it.”

Later, all three of the defendants went to 11th and Cleveland where Pries and Gray were dropped off — while Rakel parked the car and came back to join them. The complaint says Pries then asked “Gray if they were robbing him (Taylor).” Gray told her that they were.

A while later, the complaint says the victim showed up driving an SUV. Gray got into the passenger seat while Pries walked around the side to get into the back of the vehicle.  That’s when “Rakel came up from her side, and snatched the victim out of the truck.” Pries told police she was “Rakel punching the victim.” However, the victim was able to run away. Rakel and Gray went after him.

Homicide at 9th & Harrison

Homicide at 9th & Harrison

When Gray and Rakel returned to the SUV, Pries told investigators “Rakel had a ‘pokey stick'” and “Gray had a pocketknife or a regular knife.” The complaint says “Gray had blood on her face like ‘mist’ and she told Pries that it was from Gray and Rakel punching the victim.” When Pries asked Gray “if she just stabbed that guy,” Gray told Pries that she did.

Pries also told investigators “she drove the truck to 7th Street at which time Defendant Gray lit the inside of the car on fire.” Rakel and Gray apparently had blood all over their pants — and went back to a house to wash the clothing in a bathtub.

All three defendants will enter pleas to the charges against them on Wednesday, December 23rd.

21 comments

  • Brooke

    That drug dealer was someone’s family, little kids father, and most of all a human being… He did not deserve to be killed Cuz some junkies wanted a fix and didn’t have the money. You are just as messed up thinking the way you are

    • chris

      All these Drug Dealers & Drug Takers Should be Executed they are the Scum of the Earth and no good to mankind anyone who knows one should report the no good scum.

  • Worstnightmare

    I knew Roxanne she was a friend but she got hooked on drugs and became a monster …. This woman chose drugs over her 2 year old son who I love with all my heart…. She deserves to rot in hell for everything!!!!!

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  • Opinion8d

    Yes they do! The difference is you won’t see any group of them supporting these POS’s or suggesting they got a raw deal. I would be happy if the police kicked their a$s. And to be stereotypical, the colored hair, piercings, and tattoos, especially on the neck, make them red flagged as complete losers!!!

  • Nikki

    Believe it or not, this is my ex husband….His violent ways, his drug abuse, is why I left.. I pray Andres family gets the justice they are seeking, I pray my exhusband will not go unpunished for this. My heart goes out to Andres family and friends

    • Spike

      Well said . Michael is my Nephew but if he is Guilty then he should be PUNISHED he is easily led but shacking up with that Roxanne and sleeping with her that is all wrong. He has two lovely kids who he has let down time & time again.
      Drinking/Drugs/Stealing He was let down by he’s biological father Mom and the Stepfather have not always set a good example and when he needed help from Social Services and the Doctors they let him down time and time again. Well Innocent until proven Guilty time will tell and the truth will emerge. A very big let down to all of the family.

  • Sadday

    I knew Roxanne as a little girl she was sweet n good hearted I can’t believe what became of her I pray for the family of the victim and the other families involved. So incredibly sad to see young lives waste away all for drugs.

  • Old friend

    I can and can’t believe it. Roxanne used to be my best friend for many years. I was one of many friends that was on the same road as her but I got off it as soon as I had my little one. Too bad that wasn’t the case for her. As of a few years now, her and I have not been on good terms, but it still made me cry when I heard.
    She has done bad things in the past but nothing to this extent, but I am not surprised. Heroin is the devil and it held their hand through this horrific event.
    As for Michael, I don’t know anything good. And Amber, last time I saw her she was doing okay in a methadone program so it is sad to see she didn’t continue her sobriety.
    I hope if Roxanne ever sees her son again, she will be a different person. And I feel horrible for where her son is now.
    So my question is, was it worth it?

    I feel extremely sorry for the victim and his family. They had no right to take his life. Regardless of the work he was in, we are all trying to support our families.

  • WoW

    Amber was bragging about a “lick” she pulled a few days after it happened and how her hardcore friends killed the guy. I thought it was high talk cuz she was high as a kite. How stupid can one person be to admit being an accomplice to who knows how many people. Not only that but she has four kids that all got taken by social services. Horrible example of a person.

  • Ryan

    I knew Rakel breifly. I invited him and his girlfriend at the time to come back to my place after a mutual friend’s birthday party. But Rakel was loud and disrespectful so I asked him to leave and when I was walking him out of my apartment he suddenly swung at me and hit me in the face and I immediately swung back and knocked him out and followed by a few more punches until I realized he actually was knocked out. We called the police and before they got there I actually walked him and his girlfriend to their car. When the police arrived I told them what happened and said I didn’t wish to press charges and since Rakel was still there, the police questioned him and his girlfriend, and they apparently told the police some fake story and asked to press charges. Eventually after I didn’t have enough proof on my side of the story I had to plead guilty and went to prison for 18 months all over what should have been a self defense case. He went as far as acting like he was mentally disabled in court and even tried getting charged with attempted murder. He and his whole family are conartists. His mother even got involved in court. They were trying to get 50 or 60k dollars on top of it all.

    • Ryan

      Karma has showed up for Rakel. It’s sad this drug dealer had to die for it but when you work in the underworld you are bound to come across some doped up sociopaths and that’s a risk you take. With that being said; I do hope his soul receives justice because nobody deserves to die over something so small and pety. Rakel killed that guy over just a couple hundred dollars worth of drugs. He will rot in prison and probably get out when he’s 70 or so, but even then he won’t last long on parole because I have no doubt he’ll do something else extremely horrible.

  • shirley dandeneau

    he’ my grandson he cannot be guilty he is such a good boy he would not harm a fly it was the scum he was with, he has mental problems he has never done anything wrong.

    • POINT*The*FINGER*where*IT*BELONGS

      HAHA!
      Sad to think that “YOU” believe Rakel is NEVER to blame and it’s ALWAYS the “scum” he is with. Clearly time WILL tell, but time HAS already long ago told everyone that crossed paths with Rakel that HE IS THE PROBLEM or SCUM as “others” stated. It’s time to pay the piper……. FINALLY!!! Pointing the finger everywhere at everyone else ALL the time has done NITHING but enable Rakel to get to this final chapter in his life titled “MURDERER”
      YOU ARE ALL JUST AS MUCH AT FAULT AS HE HIMSELF IS!! Shame on everyone who helped him get away with ALL THAT HE HAS!! A simple name search (Michael Rakel) on Ccap paints the true picture of just how good of a boy he is and also shows he NEVER learned any lessons!!! MUST BE THE PEOPLE WHO ENABLED HIM THAT HELPED WITH HIM NEVER LEARNING A LESSON *Sadly the only help you all did was to help make a monster out of him* Mental health?? If he is that unstable with his mental health issues then he obviously shouldn’t have been living outside the walls of a mental institution! SO SAD that someone lost their life at the mercy of these monsters hands! May he rest in peace and get the justice his family and he so deserve <\3 NO ONE DESERVES TO DIE OVER SOMETHING SO PEDY AND THEN BE THROWN OUT LIKE A BAG OF TRASH!!! All humans matter MONSTERS DON'T SO I HOPE HE FINALLY PAYS THE PIPER!!!

      • tammy

        well said! have known this family since mlke was 3 and ritalin is the lazy moms way to rid-a-kid. instead of love and routine it was drugs and get out of my way. they always use the mental health card as they are never accountable for anything! always have their hands out looking for quick cash, living way above their means raking up debt after debt and then blaming everyone but themselves don’t worry they once again they will pull the mental health card once again and once again this punk will stupidly fail again and again, wake up grandma its obvious your grandsons parents have been lying to you all along how much funding did you supply. how would mike feel if someone killed his mom for that bag of drugs? They are not fit to be parents and the grandchildren should be kept away from that slug infested family

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