Police: Arrest made in sexual assault of 10-year-old girl

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee police arrested a suspect matching the description of the suspect wanted for a December 16th sexual assault of a child on Milwaukee’s South Side.  According to police, a 26-year-old man was taken into custody on Wednesday, December 17th in a residence near S. 12th Street and W. Madison Street.

Neighbors are still shocked by the sexual assault but say they'll sleep soundly tonight after hearing of the arrest.

"It broke my heart. I said to myself, a 10-year-old baby, she's still a child. I felt so bad, I fear for my nephews, my grandchildren and all that," said Sandra Colon, lives in neighborhood.

Officials say the girl was approached around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, December 16th  by a suspect and pulled into the back yard of a home near S. 15th Place and W. Orchard Street. That’s where she was sexually assaulted. Witnesses say the suspect even threatened to kill the girl before forcing himself on her.

Luciana Gonzalez' daughters were also walking to school that morning.

"I feel bad because my girls seen her crying and everything out there," said Gonzalez.

Once Gonzalez heard about the attack she kept her girls home from school.

"Because I was scared that the guy would do that to them," said Gonzalez.

Late Wednesday, December 17th, officials released a photo of the man they suspect is responsible for the crime.

Possible suspect in assault of 10-year-old girl

Possible suspect in assault of 10-year-old girl

Residents living near 15th Place and Orchard say that is the man who forced himself on a ten-year-old girl.  Witnesses say the little girl was walking alone to school when she was pinned down by the suspect. The suspect had his pants down.

When Wendy Diaz heard the girl’s screams, ran after the man and injuring her knee in the process.

Diaz and others say the suspect is no stranger to the neighborhood.

“He’s a predator and he’s stalking the little girls around here.  He’s been seen outside the school watching the children going to school in the morning,” said Diaz.

Surveillance photos released by Milwaukee police on Wednesday night match the description residents have provided officers.

Witnesses say the suspect in his late teens, 5’11” and about 300 lbs. He was wearing a bright red baseball cap, a dark-hooded jacket and dark pants.

There is no word on if or what the man has been charged with.

The investigation is ongoing.

FOX6 News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

16 comments

  • opinin8d

    And yet people will say they are more scared of the police than others in their neighborhood……

    Good job MPD on getting the guy!

  • MHemp

    So, it says he’s been noticed outside for AWHILE watching students come and go into the school? If people were watching him that hard to notice him repeatedly and he was never dropping off/picking up kids, they why didn’t anyone call the police or question his intentions? Perhaps this could have been avoided. Poor child.

  • Derek

    I’m not one for abusive punishment in the legal system, but if there was ever a cause for castration, this would be it.

  • ItaliaBella

    But remember its police brutality that’s the nations concern (in my most sarcastic voice) ….protest why any race feels its OK to assault innocence, protest what really matters, I agree ^^^

  • Dawn

    I don’t know why a protest is needed. I also don’t understand why people knew he was watching children going to and from school why wasn’t police notified of a suspicious person there. I just don’t understand. I mean if I seen someone just watching children and not there to drop off a kid or pick up, I would call police right away specially if they do it more than once. If someone would have done that, this little girl most likely would not have been raped. We as grown ups, parents, grand parents need to be more aware pay attention not just for our own children, but our neighbors children, our children’s class mates. It’s sad but that’s the world we live in now.

  • christinea

    til I saw the paycheck which said $8310 , I accept …that…my neighbour was trully erning money part-time from there computar. . there best friend has done this less than twenty months and at present repayed the morgage on there house and bourt a great new Mercedes-Benz S-class . visit here
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  • Cindy

    This man has a daughter himself God forbid but if this was to ever happen to his child he should not be surprised at all what goes around comes around. I pray God has no mercy on his evil sou

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