Man who confessed to robbing or attempting to rob more than a dozen businesses due in court

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY — A man suspected in a string of armed robberies across Milwaukee will be in court Monday, March 28th for his preliminary hearing.

Lathario Blackwell

Lathario Blackwell

27-year-old Lathario Blackwell of Milwaukee faces 11 counts of armed robbery and three more counts of attempted armed robbery. They are all crimes to which Blackwell has confessed, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint indicates all of the crimes of which Blackwell is accused took place from January 18th through March 12th. Blackwell is alleged to have robbed or attempted to rob the following businesses:

  • Walgreens (Four different locations)
  • Denny’s (7822 W. Capitol Dr.)
  • McDonald’s (8220 W. Hampton Ave.)
  • Subway (Two different locations)
  • KFC (Two instances at same location, 2470 N. Martin Luther King Dr.)
  • CVS (5929 W. Lisbon Ave.)
  • Payless shoe store (6400 N. 76th St.)
  • GameStop (10400 W. Silver Spring Dr.)
  • Family Dollar (7924 W. Burleigh St.)

The criminal complaint says Blackwell’s weapon of choice was a “large kitchen knife” — which was used in 13 of the 14 alleged crimes. A claw hammer was displayed at the CVS robbery. In each case, Blackwell demanded money. He got away with cash in 11 of the 14 incidents.

Again, Blackwell confessed to all 14 of the robberies. According to the complaint, he told police “he is addicted to prescription painkillers.”