Some fear on UWM campus due to recent crime spree, police say pay attention, “listen to your gut”

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- There is some fear near the UW-Milwaukee campus following 10 violent incidents in recent days -- and that fear is heightened by the fact that no one has been arrested. Five of nine attempted armed or strong armed robberies occurring within a 48-hour period have involved women who were in their vehicles when they were attacked.

The following is a complete breakdown of the nine attempted/completed armed or strong armed robberies that have occurred since early Sunday, April 19th (beginning with the most recent incident):

  • 2433 North Bartlett, Monday, April 20th, 10:00 p.m. -- Completed strong armed robbery. The victim was injured and taken to the hospital, where that victim received eight stitches.
  • 2856 North Oakland, Monday, April 20th, 7:30 p.m. -- Completed strong armed robbery. The victim was punched, but wasn't taken to the hospital.
  • 1911 East Linnwood, Monday, April 20th, 1:00 p.m. -- Attempted carjacking of a UWM student. The victim believed a suspect had a gun, but did not see one. A suspect was not able to get away with the victim's vehicle.
  • 2221 E. Bellview, Monday, April 20th, 1:00 p.m. -- Attempted robbery of a victim who was in her vehicle.
  • 2720 North Murray, Monday, April 20th, 1:00 p.m. -- Attempted robbery of a victim who believed the suspect had a weapon. A suspect made the female victim get out of her vehicle. A neighbor was able to scare the suspects away.
  • 1834 North Cambridge, Sunday, April 19th, 7:45 p.m. -- Strong armed robbery of a victim who was punched in the face. Neighbors heard the commotion and a suspect ran.
  • 2940 North Bartlett, Sunday, April 19th, 1:35 p.m. -- Completed strong armed robbery. A victim's phone was taken, but she was not injured.
  • 2379 North Cramer, Sunday, April 19th, 10:10 a.m. -- Attempted strong armed robbery. A suspect forced their way into a victim's vehicle, but couldn't drive stick shift. The suspect fled the scene.
  • 2019 East Bellview, Sunday, April 19th, 2:30 a.m. -- Completed strong armed robbery. A suspect pulled the victim out of a vehicle and took it. Police were able to recover the vehicle.
East Side crime spree map

East Side crime spree map

Police believe the three incidents that occurred Monday afternoon, April 20th -- in broad daylight, are connected.

On Sunday, April 19th, an attempted sexual assault occurred near campus -- a block away from where Monday's attempted carjacking occurred.

It happened around midnight in the 2000 block of E. Linnwood Ave. on the south side of the street.

The victim, a UWM student, was approached by two unknown people who forcibly pulled the victim into a nearby apartment parking lot. They attempted to assault the victim, but the victim was able to break free and fled from the suspects.

The suspects are described as:

  • Suspect #1: Black male, approximately 18 to 20 years old, 6’0″ tall with long, black afro-style hair, wearing a red and white striped shirt.
  • Suspect #2: Black male, approximately 18-20 years old, 6'0" tall, short, afro-style hair, wearing a white T-shirt.

Stephanie Lichner says she knows it's important to be aware of her surroundings -- especially when she's out walking her dog, for example.

"I'm not on my phone when I'm walking," Lichner said.

But what about when she's seated in her parked car?

"I am sure there are times where I am finishing a text or checking the time or something like that," Lichner said.

Not anymore! At least not since she heard about an attempted carjacking on E. Bellview -- nearly right outside her front door.

"That`s very, very scary," Lichner said.

"Right now, we`re not sure exactly what set it off, but what we`ve been seeing in the last year, a lot of times a spree will start with a group of kids that decide we`re going to go out and commit crimes for whatever reason, because it's fun," Milwaukee Police Lt. William Beauchene said.

Police say a majority of the crimes that have occurred within recent days have involved young women -- many of them in their cars. It is important to pay complete attention to your surroundings, police say.

"If something feels strange, listen to what your gut is telling you and do something about it," Lt. Beauchene said.

Some UWM students are heeding that message, especially with all the recent crime occurring so close to campus.

"I have considered getting my concealed carry (permit), especially now that I`m 21. I`ve carried a knife on me late at night coming home," Maggie Franzen said.

UW-Milwaukee police say UWM students who experience an emergency should call 9-911 if on a campus phone, or (414) 229-9911 if using a cell phone or off-campus phone. There are also “Blue Light” Emergency SAFE phones located all over campus.

The Milwaukee Police Department's tip-line phone number is: (414) 935-7360.

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12 comments

  • GRUNT0311

    “If something feels strange, listen to what your gut is telling you and do pull out your gun and shoot the bad guy, before he shoots you.

      • Wilson

        Easily solved, let me reach into my pocket grab my gun instead of my wallet and shoot you 14 times. Let me drop my wallet on the ground spilling contents and grab my gun and shoot you 14 times. Females, let me reach into my purse grab my gun and shoot you 14 times. Females, let me drop my purse on the ground spilling it’s contents and pull my gun from my coat pocket and shoot you 14 times. Always better for a potential victim to carry a gun when being robbed at gunpoint, then to be unarmed.

  • Schmendrick

    The only thing that will stop this is students and their parents pulling out of UWM.
    If three quarters of students said “fark you” and didn’t re-enroll, didn’t pay that tuition and bring in that federal grant and loan money, the bumblefarks in charge would find Je$u$ and clean this septic tank up.

    • Yeah, No.

      As a Black person who lives in the UWM area, I am shocked at your level of ignorance. I understand that you are fearful of/angry at criminals, but why would you stoop so low as to be outright racist? You should be ashamed of yourself.

  • Opinion8d

    This is where the liberals will tell you that people are being racist for being scared. Next UWM will have a mandatory class to reprogram those who are scared.

    • Yeah, No.

      It’s absolutely natural to be afraid, but if you walk around being spiteful whether to yourself or out loud to someone for being Black, then yeah, you are a racist. I hope I never have the displeasure of walking around the UWM area and encounter someone as hateful and ignorant as you.

  • PH

    My gut says don’t walk outside alone in that neighborhood, the scum of the north side has migrated east to UWM.

  • Mark Flaig

    It is extremely hard to believe that milwaukee police are so incompetent that they cant come anywhere near making any arrests while our students are being terrorized. Milwaukee police and the mayer of milwaukee should be ashamed of the job they are doing.

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