“Gimme the keys!” 85-year-old robbed by suspects wielding sticks; the youngest just 13

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police arrested five suspects, including a 13-year-old, for their role in an armed robbery involving an elderly victim that happened near 52nd and Auer on Monday evening, October 10th.

It was about 5:15 p.m. Lee Brown told FOX6 News he had just finished his grocery shopping.

"I was parking my car," Brown said.

Lee Brown

Lee Brown

Down the alley from his garage, Brown spotted six people walking toward his vehicle.

"The sticks in their hands, and I thought they was going to the park, you know? I really did. I was fooled, you know? I really was fooled," Brown said.

As he exited his SUV, Brown said the suspects, armed with sticks, robbed him of money and fled.

"'Gimme the keys!' And I give them the keys. 'Gimme your money!' So I gave them the money. Took their time going down the street. They was so slow. Called 911 -- and they caught them two blocks away," Brown said.

Near 53rd and Vienna, District Seven officers saw individuals that matched the description given by the victim.

Those suspects, a 13-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy, a 17-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 28-year-old man were all taken into custody.

52nd and Auer

Brown said before the group took off, a 17-year-old girl told one of the others in the group to return Brown's keys -- so he got those back. The money, however, is gone.

Most importantly though -- after this incident, Brown said he wasn't hurt.

MPD will present this case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days.


  • Opinion8d

    Why do they call them suspects -it probably hurts their feelings. These are just teen boys, a teen girl and misunderstood, oppressed adult. Clearly they were trying to correct some inequity -after all the old man had things they didn’t and he probably didn’t want to share. Who can blame these little children?!?!? I’m sure it’s all a misunderstanding…..

  • milwaukeegregg

    He should have had his 2 friends with him, Smith and Wesson…….. The outcome would have been different……

  • sick of it all

    I still can’t figure out why good hard working people don’t flock to this neighborhood to spend their money and help these people.

  • Gary D. Hamilton

    The little pieces of trash will just get a slap on the wrist. You have to member the the far left judicial system in Milwaukee protects the criminal element and doesn’t give a damn baboit the law abiding citizen.

  • confused

    That poor man. I hope the armed robbers (yes armed with a stick is still a weapon) get a judge who hands out a severe sentence/punishment. No respect anymore.

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