Police issue safety alert after vehicle crashes near UWM Student Union

MILWAUKEE -- A safety alert was issued late Saturday night, Feb. 17 to UW-Milwaukee students after two suspects crashed their vehicle near the UWM Student Union.

At around 10:45 p.m., students received the alert.

According to police, officers initiated a pursuit of a stolen car wanted in two separate armed robberies (300 block of E. Mason around 9:35 p.m. and 900 block of E. Mason around 9:40 p.m.). The vehicle lost control and crashed outside of the UW-Milwaukee Union.

Two suspects fled the scene and are still being sought. One suspect, a 18-year-old man from the vehicle, was taken into custody.

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Property from both robberies were inside of the vehicle.

The suspects are described as:

  • Black man wearing a white T-shirt, black pants, with short dreadlocks
  • Black man wearing a full gray sweatsuit

Milwaukee police confirmed the incident and said it’s believed to be connected to a number of recent robberies in the downtown/east side area. MPD’s “Robbery Task Force” is investigating.

MPD will present the case against the arrested suspect in the coming days to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

If you have any information on the incident, you are asked to call the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Police Department at 414-229-9911.