Four teens, ages 13, 14, 16, 17 arrested, accused of using stolen van in crime spree on west side

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MILWAUKEE -- Four teens were arrested, after police say they took part in a crime spree in a stolen van. Police say they were armed with a gun and terrorized Milwaukee's west side early Wednesday, June 22nd.

Just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, police say the four teens stole a 2007 Dodge Caravan from a parking lot near 26th Street and North Avenue -- and continued to use that van as a vehicle for violence.

"They subsequently went on to commit other crimes in that stolen vehicle," said Milwaukee Police Department Captain Johnny Sgrignuoli.

Four hours later, police say the teens sped through a parking lot inside the van and almost struck a woman and her child.

When she went to confront them...

"They pointed a weapon at a mother who was walking her seven-year-old child," said Captain Sgrignuoli.

Shortly after this incident, an armed robbery happened around 6:40 a.m. near 35th and Sarnow. The victim, a 20-year-old Milwaukee man, told officers several suspects approached him after getting out of the Caravan and stole his car, a 2007 Honda Accord, at gunpoint. The Accord was later located abandoned on Washington Boulevard near Highway 175.

Just five minutes later, near 44th and Lloyd, the teens held up a 66-year-old man who was out on a jog and stole his cell phone and keys.

"Not a lot of regard for people that are trying to make a living," said Captain Sgrignuoli.

Around 7:25 a.m., MPD officers located the stolen Dodge Caravan near 34th and Lloyd  and found four suspects near the car. The suspects, a 13-year-old boy, a 14-year-old boy, a 16-year-old boy, and a 17-year-old boy, were all taken into custody.

Four teens, ages 13, 14, 16, 17 arrested, accused of using stolen van in crime spree on west side

"We'll keep finding these people as they commit these crimes," said Sgrignuoli.

Police say all of the teenagers arrested have had prior contact with law enforcement.

MPD will present this case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days for charges.


  • Micki

    Well, with the change in mandated residency requirements, there will be a mass exodus. Ergo: Fewer citizens to terrorize.


    Just little boys having summer fun. Don’t lock them up!!! That would terrible. It would leave them emotionally dented for life. Time away from mom & dad, family, church and volunteer work. That wouldn’t be fair.

  • Dylan

    The day will do nothing. And the judges will turn their heads and agree with the other relatives that hey man kids just want to.have fun and don’t you know black lives matter…they didn’t hurt no one….they were bored…they had nothing to do…after midnight…lol…they won’t get punished…ever…until they kill themselves…I hope they wrap them selves around a tree near Gwen Moores house..or maybe nate Hamiltons house…and save a cop the grief of trying to protect decent law-abiding hardworking citizens..who.elected these pansy butt.judges anyway

  • Opinion8d

    Kudos to the perps for keeping it in the neighborhood…..and even out of the 53206. Splittin it right down the 210 and 208 -nice job of shouting out to your hood!!! Make the 206 your 6itch!!!

  • lou

    Milwaukee is way to soft on teenage crime…no more slap on wrist..if they commit felonies charge as adults..this carjacking and stealing cars should carry a mandatory 5yr prison stay..wake up Milwaukee stop being too soft on these teenagers

  • Klaatu

    If you want to a solution to stop this violent crime, get the DNR involved. Have an open season on apes – same as we have for feral pigs and coyotes. Any ape out of it’s cage can be dispatched on site.

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