Woman who helped teen beaten after attempted carjacking says so-called ‘street justice’ “not right”

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MILWAUKEE -- A photo of a young attempted carjacking suspect laying in the snow after he was apparently beaten following the alleged crime has gone viral -- and it was continuing to draw a response on Thursday, February 11th, from both citizens and city leaders. Some have said the teen deserved what happened to him, while others say in this case, the suspect became a victim.

Lorena Guzman

Lorena Guzman

We are hearing for the first time from a woman who said she came upon the teen after the beating.

"I see this kid running and he has no shoes on. Just some socks. No pants. No coat," Lorena Guzman said. "'Why don't you have any clothes on?' He just put his arm around me and said 'help me. Help me. They're trying to kill me. I just got beat up.'"

Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

Guzman shared her account of the aftermath of the melee that happened on Monday, February 8th near 33rd and Scott.

Minutes later, a photo was taken, showing a teenage boy laying in the snow. The photo has gone viral.

Police say the teenage boy seen in the photo was involved in an attempted carjacking. He was subsequently beaten by the would-be victim and a witness.

Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

"What you saw on social media is the next step. It's the escalation of this epidemic," Alderman Mark Borkowski said.

Alderman Bob Donovan, Alderman Mark Borkowski hold news conference after teen suspect in attempted carjacking beaten near 33rd and Scott

Alderman Bob Donovan, Alderman Mark Borkowski hold news conference after teen suspect in attempted carjacking beaten near 33rd and Scott

Guzman approached FOX6 News with her story about how she helped the teenager following the beating after hearing Alderman Bob Donovan and Alderman Borkowski discussing what they're calling an "auto theft epidemic" in Milwaukee, which they say is sparking street justice.

"It has gotten to that point," Donovan said.

Donovan says despite the city's "Auto Theft Task Force," Milwaukee Police Department auto theft statistics show a sharp escalation from December 1st, 2015 through January 31st, 2016.

Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

"We saw 1,357 auto thefts. That's up 57% from the same period a year earlier," Donovan said.

As for the so-called vigilantes responsible for the beating of the teenage attempted carjacking suspect on February 8th, Donovan had this to say:

"I certainly wouldn't charge them," Donovan said.

Guzman disagrees.

"Being beat up by a lot of people, especially adults -- it's not right," Guzman said.

Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

Officials with the Milwaukee Police Department have provided the following statistics on auto thefts in Milwaukee:

Despite the increases Milwaukee has seen in the past two years, auto theft remains significantly lower than in past years, including may of the years Alderman Donovan served as the chair of the Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Safety Committee.

  • In many years prior to the 2010 evolution of the Milwaukee Police Department’s pursuit policy, the city saw higher levels of auto theft.
  • Milwaukee police pursued more vehicles last year (263), than in the three years prior to the 2010 policy change:
  • 213 pursuits in 2007
  • 175 pursuits in 2008
  • 167 pursuits in 2009
  • The number of individual juveniles arrested by the Milwaukee Police Department for auto theft related offenses increased 163% between 2011 and 2015:
  • 127 juveniles were arrested in 2011
  • 243 were arrested in 2012
  • 161 were arrested in 2013
  • 283 were arrested in 2014
  • 334 were arrested in 2015
  • The number of adults arrested for auto theft increased 23% during the same time period.

CLICK HERE for a chart provided by MPD showing auto thefts in Milwaukee from 1967 through 2015.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett issued this statement on juvenile car thefts in Milwaukee:

“On February 8, just three days ago, District Five officers received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the 2300 block of W. Burleigh Street. When they went to investigate, they saw a stolen Acadia in a parking lot and two suspects inside. The suspects fled from the car on foot but were quickly taken into custody. The suspects are two juveniles.

Last month, in an 18-hour period, Milwaukee police announced they had arrested 10 juveniles in four carjacking incidents.

The hard and true reality is that Milwaukee police are arresting more and more juveniles engaged in stealing cars. In 2011, 127 juveniles were arrested for auto theft and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. In 2015, that number jumped to 334, a staggering increase of 163%.

The Milwaukee Police Department is focused on the problem. Car theft arrests are up. Police pursuits are up. For some young offenders, being arrested or the probability of being arrested is not enough to stop them.

That’s a problem that the entire juvenile justice system needs to solve.”

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33 comments

  • shockedonlooker

    Ms Guzman is probably a steaming pile of liberal. Funny how liberals always want to make things easier for criminals and expect the rest of us to just look the other way as well.

  • TED

    As long as Barrett and Flynn are in office this will continue. Next week Tuesday the 16th everyone has an opportunity to change that. Vote Barrett out.

  • Opinion8d

    Did anyone else catch the timeline of this story??? He wasn’t left on the ground – Guzman said he ran to her for help and then minutes later this picture was taken -is that true? So was he posing or just collapsed? Did she take the picture then? Regardless, she is clearly naive. ‘He was running without clothes -no shoes, coat or pants’….no $h1t sherlock – he didn’t have a coat cuz he was planning on being in a warm car. No pants cuz he wears them at his knees and can’t run with them on, and no shoes because they come off with the pants. She would make you think this thug is a victim of sorts….what a joke and a sad representation of the people on the south side!

    • Silas

      Thanks for pointing out the mysterious chain of events. Was he beaten first, then ran to her, then photographed lying on the ground?? Doesn’t make any sense. Or else he was photographed before he ran to her? WTF! And where do the media get the idea that it was an attempted carjacking? The police reports indicate attempted theft. Huge difference. Get your facts straight. You are supposedly professional reporters.

  • Opinion8d

    @AMARIE – I hear ya – I can hear your frustration and completely agree with you. These stories and soft responses by people drive me crazy! This thug would not think twice of running them or their family over or shooting them if they were trying to get away. No mercy should be shown to criminals like this. This is not a poor kid stealing food from a grocery store for his family!

  • mkevoice

    She says that now until she’s the victim of a serious crime. Ma’am, with all due respect, help law-abiding citizens protect themselves and their neighborhoods from these thugs.

  • Charles

    So everyone in that neighborhood should remember this Guzman lady so when it happens to her DO NOT HELP HER! Dumb ????? just looking for her 5 minutes of fame. Glad she was STUPID enough to show her face and name!

    • Charles

      To Guzman, i’ve lived in milwaukee all my life, 42 years to be exact. I’ve watched this city become a haven for crime and criminals because of thugs like that and the people that support them like you. You are a genuine POS, looking for 5 minutes of fame riding the coat tail of a worthless criminal that would rob your dumb a?? blind! If you didnt know the story you SHOULD NOT have gotten on tv and supported that bum kid/future felon. I have no sympathy for that worthless kid or ANYONE THAT SUPPORTS HIM. You shouldnt have spoke if you didnt know the whole story. Far as i’m concerned you and people like you are a big part of the problem in this city. I HOPE YOUR HAPPY WITH YOUR VERY SHORT LIVED 5 MINUTES OF FAME YOU BIG OLE DUMMY!!!!

  • Cameron

    Please lay off Ms. Guzman. She had no idea what was going on. It is traumatizing to come upon a kid beaten up. She did what she thought was right, in that moment. Regardless is he was a thug, she didn’t know, and it is a reminder good people still exist. Cut her some slack. She didn’t commit the crime. She saw a hurt child and responded. Not her fault this kid is a criminal.

    • guest89

      Agreed. At the time she didn’t know the circumstances. She didn’t see the crime, nor the subsequent beating. When you find an injured child, begging for help – you help them. At least I hope you do. Wishing ill on this kind lady is not right. Direct your anger at the thieving punk, where it belongs.

      • Cameron

        SELFENTITLED : Who are you to determine who should reproduce or not? I have children and I have taught them love and compassion, not hate. You are so filled with hate, you puke it up on everyone else. Only problem is, you are directing this hate out because you hate yourself. This woman is NOT the criminal. She was trying to help an injured child without knowing what had happened. Is this is kid a criminal? Yes. Did Ms. Guzman know? Not at that moment. You sit in your basement with a big fat beer gut casting hate. You hate yourself for what you are, stupid, fat and disgusting. Work on your own short comings before casting judgment on good people who just want to help. In the meantime, try a salad or take yourself a nap.

  • Jim

    Street thugs deserve street justice. Better then the court who slap them on the wrist tell them be careful out there

    • Michael Neils

      True Jim! and also Judge to thug: I see you have no job and no place to live let’s get you set up with quest, a job search program and a place to live with free utilities. Maybe even get you some help to get that GED. Judge to car thief victim: YOU need to lock it up. Don’t let it run on your own driveway-you can be cold and wreck your engine on the way to your job. LOL

    • selfentitled

      She is awefully ignorant. Standing up for a thug that would just assume carjack her given the chance, and probably will in the future (hopefully)

  • Steven

    If this were to happen in my state, the kid would likely have been shot, and the media wouldn’t be overplaying the crap out of it. Don’t force someone to protect their property and you wont have to worry about them going overboard.

    • Just Me

      Would he have been shot because he is Black or because he attempted a car jacking? Had this been a white child would you still feel the same?

  • Runner

    Question? Had this been a white child who committed the same stupid crime, would the same responses be posted? or would you be commending the woman who came to his rescue? And would the police have already caught the neighbors who beat the child? Would the young man be called a criminal or would it be simply stated that “boys will be boys”. I am asking, if this was your son would you be making the same statement?

  • Just Me

    I had to copy and post the comment because it did hit home; Question? Had this been a white child who committed the same stupid crime, would the same responses be posted? or would you be commending the woman who came to his rescue? And would the police have already caught the neighbors who beat the child? Would the young man be called a criminal or would it be simply stated that “boys will be boys”. I am asking, if this was your son would you be making the same statement?

  • Michael

    How about charge the parents!?!?!?! they are liable for their son or daughter up until 18 years old. So why can’t they face penalties? They want to look away and to pray but it all starts at home! Take care of your kids, watch out for them and maybe they won’t turn out to be buttheads!

  • Robert Martin

    Oh! That poor teen! Can we offer him something like a free basket ball court to keep his happy?

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