“It’s scary:” 59-year-old child enticement suspect arrested after 3 incidents reported

WEST ALLIS -- Milwaukee police announced Thursday night, September 14th they arrested a 59-year-old man in connection to a child enticement that happened the night before.

Police said a 12-year-old boy was walking home from a park near 49th and Manitoba Wednesday, September 13th around 5:00 p.m. He was near 60th and Oklahoma when he was approached by a suspicious man who tried to entice him.

According to police, the child walked away and the suspect fled the scene. MPD officials said they're working with police in other jurisdictions who have reported similar incidents.

Milwaukee police

88th and Greenfield in West Allis

West Allis Deputy Police Chief Christopher Botsch said earlier Thursday police were looking for a man who allegedly pulled up and propositioned a 12-year-old child for sex near 88th and Greenfield around 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

West Allis police said on Facebook Thursday evening a suspect is in custody:

"Well having a daughter. It scared me," said Travis Rudea, who was riding his bike on Greenfield Avenue Thursday.

In addition to his eight-month-old, Rudea said he also has a 22-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son.

"Honestly, I'm a little overprotective so (my older daughter) wasn't out of my sight too much, you know?" said Rudea.

Travis Rudea

West Allis police shared a photo of the suspect's car -- a black Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows and a spotlight on the driver's side.

Car suspected in child enticement case

The suspect was described as a heavier set, older (50-60 years of age) white man. He was balding, had gray hair and had a gray “bushy” beard. He was described as wearing a blue plaid shirt.

Child enticement suspect description

Police said the suspect offered the 12-year-old money in exchange for a sexual favor. The child was able to run away and was unharmed.

Legion Drive and Elmhurst Parkway in Elm Grove

A similar incident happened around the same time Tuesday in Elm Grove. Police received a report that near the intersection of Legion Drive and Elmhurst Parkway, two men in a black four-door car approached an eight-year-old boy on a bike and called him over. The boy ran away and told his parents.

"It's scary," said Rudea.

Elm Grove police said they have no evidence a crime was committed but said they were working with West Allis police due to the similarities.

On Thursday, a West Allis officer pulled over and told a FOX6 reporter he was following up on a new lead. Rudea told the officer he's seen the car matching the description of the suspect vehicle near his house in the past.

Child enticement investigation in West Allis

"Just talked to the police officer, let him know. Hopefully they'll check into it. I mean, I hope it's not the same guy but I hope they catch whoever it is," Rudea said.

The 59-year-old suspect is in custody. West Allis police confirm they are working with Milwaukee police to determine if there are any other incidents.