MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Four Milwaukee teenagers are charged with robbery (use of force) as a party to a crime for allegedly attacking a man on the city's east side. All four teens are students at Bradley Tech High School -- three are on the school's basketball team.
The accused are Dontarrion Brown, Justin Goodwin, Latrell Katherine and Martis Shanks.
According to the criminal complaint, the four teens went to Milwaukee's east side on Friday, November 1st "to find someone to rob." They allegedly approached a man on a skateboard on N. Bartlett Ave. just south of E. Park Pl.
The complaint indicates that the four teens ran out from between two cars in front of 2628 N. Bartlett and pushed a man off his skateboard -- causing him to fall. The victim told police he got up and ran a short distance after falling; however, the four teens eventually caught him, and began punching him in the body and head.
According to the complaint, the suspects knocked the man to the ground and continued to punch and kick him -- and told him to empty his pockets. During the altercation the victim allegedly took out his wallet, cell phone and cigarettes and threw them in the street.
According to the complaint, the suspects took everything except the phone. Brown apparently told investigators he did it because he owes his brother $1,200 from a car purchase.
If convicted, each of those charged faces up to 15 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.
A Bradley Tech parent who wished to be anonymous said: "It's sad. It's sad because they're just babies still and have to start their young lives with that over their head."
A spokesman from Milwaukee Public Schools released the following statement on Wednesday afternoon: "While this occurred outside of school hours and away from school grounds, we take these allegations very seriously and will take appropriate disciplinary action in addition to whatever other consequences those involved may face."
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