Police seek well-dressed suspect accused of targeting Real Chili, stealing from Jimmy John’s on MU campus

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MILWAUKEE -- He didn't get food to go. He got cash. Milwaukee police are looking for a well-dressed man who robbed a Jimmy John's store on Marquette University's campus Monday night, December 5th.

It happened at the restaurant near 15th and Wells.

Police say when the suspect in this case wasn't able to get money from the Real Chili down the street in Cathedral Square, he came to the heart of Marquette's campus.

Real Chili

Real Chili

Real Chili

Real Chili

An employee at Real Chili named James got in the way.


"He's a pretty tough guy. Milwaukee staple here at Real Chili. (The suspect) told James they had a weapon. They never brandished a weapon. They asked for the money. James refused to give them the money and they left," Maxx Berkowski, a manager at Real Chili said.

The suspect, dressed in a pea coat, scarf and blue jeans was captured by surveillance cameras inside the Jimmy John's around 10:30 p.m.

Police say he implied he had a gun, took cash and ran off.

"This is supposed to be the safer area of the city," Will Disabatino, a sophomore at MU said.

"It's in the heart of campus and it`s kind of concerning a little more that it happened here where we`re all walking around late at night," Jack Walsh, a senior at MU said.

Many Marquette students learned about this robbery when university officials sent out an alert after it happened.

"I always have the MUPD police alerts on, so I get the texts right to my phone so I can always be aware," Disabatino said.

Milwaukee police are handling this case.

Suspect accused of robbing Jimmy John's on MU campus

The suspect is described as a black man in his 40s, standing around 6' tall, with glasses.

All Marquette students, faculty, staff, guests and visitors are reminded to:

  • Walk in pairs or groups, being aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Use the LIMO and safety patrol services provided by MUPD. Call (414) 288-6363 for Student Safety Patrol escorts.
  • During evening hours watch for the LIMO with strobe lights patrolling the perimeters of campus; the driver may ask if you want a ride or want to request a walking escort.
  • Make sure someone knows when you leave and when to expect you back.
  • Do not become distracted by talking on your cell phone or listening to music through headphones at a high volume.
  • Travel on well-lit, busy streets and avoid walking through alleys and parking lots.
  • Be aware of places along your path of travel that could conceal a criminal (shrubbery, building recesses, etc.). Avoid or keep a distance from these areas whenever possible.
  • Take note of suspicious vehicles, especially those that appear to be circling the block or driving unusually slow. If you observe a suspicious vehicle, relay its description and location to MUPD using one of the more than 450 blue light phones on and near campus.
  • If you think someone is following you, cross the street, head for a well-populated, well-lit area and contact MUPD using one of the more than 450 blue light phones on and near campus.
  • If you plan to drink, do so in moderation to avoid putting yourself in a position of increased risk.
  • If approached, give up your property.


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