Category Archives: Crime

Shooting Incident at Home on South Chicago Avenue

The South Milwaukee Police Department has issued the following press release about a shooting incident that allegedly occurred overnight …

On April 6, 2016 at about 12:51 a.m., the South Milwaukee Police Department responded to a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the 2600 block of South Chicago Avenue. A 37-year-old male victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

I’ll keep you posted if and when I hear more.

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Tragic Start To The New Year

Various news outlets are reporting a tragic story from Cudahy — the apparent murder-suicide death of a 2-year-old girl, shot and killed by her father shortly after the clock struck midnight on the new year.

See coverage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Fox 6, and WISN.

Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers, and let’s not forget the first responders: South Milwaukee paramedics. The trauma for them is real, too, and this type of incident only adds to my appreciation of them and the work they do.

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Help Wanted In Finding Battery Suspects

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

The South Milwaukee Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the four (4) persons and vehicle depicted in the contained video in relation to a substantial battery which took place at 1123 Milwaukee Avenue in South Milwaukee, reported to the SMPD at approximately 2:48AM on Sunday Nov 1, 2015. If any person knows the persons or vehicle associated with this crime they are encouraged to contact the SMPD at 414-768-8060. Thank you.

See the video in this WISN report.

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Suspect Sought In Azteca Robbery

Azteca robbery

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On October 18, 2015 a burglary was discovered to have occurred at the Azteca Restaurant in South Milwaukee.  The subject pictured below forced his way into the restaurant and took U.S. currency. 

The City of South Milwaukee Police is looking for assistance in identifying this subject.  Anyone with any information about this crime or any other crime is encouraged to contact the South Milwaukee Police Department at the above listed phone number (414-768-8060) or via the internet at

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Shooting Ruled A Homicide

Update: There is coverage from WISN, Fox 6 and TMJ4

South Milwaukee Police have ruled last Thursday’s shooting a homicide, the city’s first in five years.

From the department …

On March 26, 2015, at approximately 6:31am the South Milwaukee Police Department received a 911 call from 2504 Lake Shore Blvd regarding an accidental shooting which had just taken place. Officers responded to the residence and located a victim who had been shot inside the residence. Life saving measures were attempted, but were unsuccessful. Subsequent investigation revealed that a deceased female was the victim of a homicide. The victim has been identified as 68yr old South Milwaukee resident Scheherazade Mae Chadwick. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone having information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the South Milwaukee Police Department.

Reiterating, if you can help with this case, please contact the SMPD at 414-768-8060.

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Man Allegedly Exposes Himself To Student Walking To School

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On 12/11 at about 705 am, while in the area of 15th and Rawson, a juvenile female was walking when a car pulled up next to her. The car was occupied  by a heavy set white male subject approximately 40 years old with dark hair in a buzz cut style.  The car was in a four door white sedan, and when the female looked into an open car window, she could see that the male subject had his pants pulled down and his genitalia were exposed.   The female ran away and was not pursued. The white four door was last seen traveling south bound on 15th Ave. from Rawson. The police have not yet located the male subject or his car.

And here is the message from the school district website …

We are posting this information as a precaution to our families as the safety of our students is our number 1 priority. This morning, a male in a small, white 4-door vehicle approached a middle school student in a lewd and improper manner near 15th Ave and Rawson Ave. The middle school student arrived to school safely and reported the incident immediately. The South Milwaukee Police Department has issued a watch and additional patrols in this area. The police department will continue to investigate this situation. Please talk with your children about personal safety routines while walking to and from school. 

Indeed, please talk with your children, and please stay vigilant. And report suspicious behavior to police.

I’ll keep you posted.


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Arrest Made In Pick ‘n Save Bank Robbery

From South Milwaukee Police Chief Ann Wellens, in reference to this incident

SMPD has been advised by the FBI that they have made an arrest of a subject responsible for several bank robberies in the Milwaukee area. Based on their investigation the FBI feels the subject they have arrested is responsible for the bank robbery at the Tri-City Bank inside Pick & Save on May 11, 2014. The FBI advised we could close our case.

The person is not being named, because charges havent’t been filed.

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Police Nab Sex Offender Fugitive

Thanks again to the South Milwaukee Police Department for keeping us safe … more great work.

The press release …

On the evening of October 31st, 2014, SMPD received an anonymous call regarding the whereabouts of a felony sex offender fugitive that had been featured on Fox 6 that evening.  This person was being sought by the U.S. Marshals, along with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Corrections.  After verifying the offender, Christopher Perkins, might be staying with a girlfriend in the 600 block of Mackinac Ave, officers conducted a knock and talk at the residence.  Christopher Perkins was found inside the residence and surrendered without incident.  The South Milwaukee Police Department would like to thank our community partners for assisting in the recovery of this fugitive.

Here is that Fox 6 story.

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Crime Alert: Vehicle Break-Ins

Just in from the South Milwaukee Police Department …

During the past few days, the SMPD has received reports of vehicles being entered and rummaged through.  To help keep your property safe, remember to remove your valuables from your car when you leave it.  Purses, phones, wallets, GPS units, etc., left on seats in plain view are easy targets.  It takes the same amount of time to break a window as it does to open a door (several of these incidents involved unlocked cars) so relying on locking the doors will not ensure your property will remain where it belongs!  

If you see people looking into cars, or pulling on car door handles, call to report it.  Please provide as detailed a description of what you saw and you you saw doing it. 

To get on the SMPD’s Crime Alert email list, email Officer Mike Hill at

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Green Dot Money Card Scam Alert

From the South Milwaukee Police Department’s Crime Alert service …

The use of Green Dot money card scams is on the rise, again.  Green Dot cards are a reloadable card that can be used to transfer funds.  These cards, and those like them are often used to conduct scams because of the anonymity they offer.  Use the attached link to learn about Green Dot cards and the common scams.

Want to get regular updates on local crimes and scams? Sign up here.

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More On Sunday’s Bank Robbery

Bank robbery suspectThe FBI has more details on the robbery Sunday evening at South Milwaukee’s Tri-City Pick ‘n Save location, with an image of the suspect and word that they are looking at the man for other crimes …

Here is the press release.

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Robbery Reported At Tri-City’s Pick ‘n Save Location

Just got this from the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On 05-11-14 at 1951 hrs the Tri City Bank, located within the Pick N Save, 2931 South Chicago Ave was robbed by a lone subject.  No weapons were implied or displayed.  Subject left the scene on foot and has not yet been located.  Investigation is ongoing.

I will keep you posted. And to receive crime alert updates like these via email, learn more here.


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Report: Former South Milwaukee Student Found Dead In Atlanta

Fox 6 has the disturbing details on the case of 24-year-old Andre Tripps. From it …

A group gathered at South Milwaukee High, the school Tipps graduated from, on Sunday, April 20th to remember the man.

“It breaks my heart that a good person is gone,” said Heather Vogel. “Wouldn’t you feel his pain? Why would you do that to him?”

Firefighters in Georgia discovered Tripps’ body last week while responding to a brush fire outside of Atlanta. His hands and feet were tied up and his body burned. Officials aren’t sure what circumstances led up to the point where Tripps was found.

“How anyone would want to do that to a person in general is — it doesn’t make any sense,” said Vogel.

Also check out coverage from the Atlanta Journal Constitution and WSB-TV in Atlanta.

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Wanted For Armed Robbery


Update: Check out coverage from Fox 6 and CBS 58.

The South Milwaukee branch of Educators Credit Union was robbed on Thursday. Here are details from police …

On January 9, 2014, at 11:05am, the South Milwaukee Police Department received a call of an armed robbery at the Educators Credit Union, located at 1201 Marquette Avenue, in South Milwaukee.

Preliminary investigation shows that a black male, displaying a handgun, did obtain money from the institution.  He was then seen exiting the institution, running westbound, possibly to a waiting vehicle.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25-40 years of age, approximately 6’00-6’02 in height, weighing approximately 180lbs and having a mustache.  He appears to have been armed with a semi-automatic handgun.  (A photo of the suspect is at the top of this post.) 

No one was injured during this incident.

The South Milwaukee Police Department is investigating this incident.

If anyone has information regarding this crime, please contact Lt Cary Fischer or Investigator Steve Hesse of the South Milwaukee Police Department at 414-768-8060.

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Sex Sting Brings Deputies To Grant Park

Update: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more on the arrest of Lee Erickson, as does TMJ4 and WISN.

Fox 6 has the disturbing details, which reportedly include the arrest of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra chorus director, a South Milwaukee resident.

From the story:

In a statement, Sheriff’s officials say the Sheriff’s Office has received numerous complaints of sexual activity and solicitation taking place in County parks.

In response to these complaints, Sheriff Clarke initiated an undercover operation with a goal of curbing and deterring illegal sexual activity in the parks, and seven arrests have been made in the past two weeks.

Four more arrests were made Tuesday, November 5th.

Those arrested range in age from 43 to 75.

58-year-old Erickson of South Milwaukee was arrested on Monday by an undercover Sheriff’s deputy.

According to Sheriff’s officials, Erickson followed the deputy into a bathroom at Grant Park along Milwaukee’s Lakefront, exposed himself, and began masturbating in front of the officer.

Sheriff’s officials say Erickson stated numerous times that he just wanted to be able to pay the fine and not have this go public or this would ruin his career.

I’ll keep you posted.

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