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Police: Resident Confronted Man Trying to Illegally Enter Shorewood Home

Police arrested an 18-year-old Milwaukee man Friday afternoon after he opened the door to a Shorewood home, but was confronted by the resident at the entrance.

Police arrested an 18-year-old Milwaukee man Friday afternoon after he opened the door to a Shorewood home, but was confronted by the resident at the entrance.

According to a text alert by the department, the man opened the unlocked front door to a home in the 1600 block of East Menlo Boulevard around 2:20 p.m., but was confronted by the resident.  

With the suspect stopped at the door, he asked the resident if he could charge his cell phone and was told no. Once the resident closed and locked the door, the suspect began to peer into the windows, according to police. He was arrested for trespassing without incident. 

Police say the suspect was carrying three knives and a mask. He has been turned over to Milwaukee police for questioning in other incidents in the city. 

Shorewood police are reminding residents to keep doors locked, even if they're home. 

Bob McBride February 26, 2013 at 03:48 PM
You don't know that he had no guns. Just that there was no report of guns as it relates to the incident at hand. Beyond the omission of any such mention is hard evidence that no guns were involved. The trespasser apparently felt perfectly comfortable continuing on with his activities until cops showed up to arrest him.
Mr. Wonderful February 26, 2013 at 04:03 PM
I don't think Mr. Wonderful would have been as accommodating....and again, why can we not get a description or picture of this individual? He was also armed.
Don Q February 26, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Mr. Schmitz, It makes me sad that this is what you took from this story. This type of violation has been going on in Shorewood with regularity since last summer. Where is your outrage? Why do you think that criminals have targeted Shorewood? Could it be that the vast majority of our inhabitants are abhorred at the idea of defending themselves with a gun. Unlike our police department, criminals are allowed to profile their targets. In Shorewood they see the land of opportunity. A community of peaceful families that would never dream of using a gun to defend themselves. This does not go unnoticed by the criminal element. How many home invasions have we seen in the last year? How many hold-ups at knife or gunpoint? When will Shorewood begin to defend itself. I for one would never shoot anyone for stealing my possessions. However, I would not hesitate to protect my family from harm.
Naive One February 26, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I have one question for you. Do you think that the man with the mask and the knives entered the house to charge his cell phone?
Naive One February 26, 2013 at 05:35 PM
I agree with you.
Joe Peterlin February 26, 2013 at 06:31 PM
"...it would have been mentioned." Sheesh. Did Adam McCoy search the residence for firearms? No, of course not. Did the Shorewood Police search the residence for firearms? Of course not. Three knives? Door unlocked? This resident is very, very lucky indeed.
Lyle Ruble February 26, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Assuming that this is one of those people who has been doing break ins, then we do indeed need to count ourselves lucky. However, most of the break ins have occurred when no one is home and a high value target to steal are firearms. Therefore, since most Shorewood residents probably choose not to own firearms, it means that the robberies are not contributing to more illegal firearms on the streets.
CowDung February 26, 2013 at 06:49 PM
I'm not so sure about that Lyle--from what I recall of the news stories, it seems that most of the break ins were happening when people were home.
Sunrocket February 26, 2013 at 06:49 PM
I don't think Shorewood is being targeted because we may be a no gun village. It is probably more that we are an area with a quick escape route, being able to blend in with the population. Foot traffic looks a little more strange in say Fox Point or Bayside which has relatively quite streets. Shorewood has so much pedestrian traffic, nothing may look out of the ordinary. It also seems that there have been no more early morning break ins like there were last fall. This was just some random kook.
CowDung February 26, 2013 at 07:10 PM
I would think that being a 'no-gun' village does make it much more attractive for petty criminals to strike here. Certainly not the only factor, but I don't see how it cannot be a consideration. Easy to slip in through an unlocked door, grab stuff and go without fear of being shot. High reward, low risk.
Lyle Ruble February 26, 2013 at 07:13 PM
This is a bit off topic, but I wonder why Adam hasn't reported on the Deputy Chief's recent heart attack and the fact that the police patrolmen/women have had to take on a large amount of overtime with patrol officers off with service related injuries or on light duty. In fact, my sources tell me that two of the female detectives had to go back into uniform to make up for the shortage.
CowDung February 26, 2013 at 07:30 PM
That's the first I heard about it.
Naive One February 26, 2013 at 07:50 PM
I hadn't heard about being a 'no-gun' village. What does it mean?
CowDung February 26, 2013 at 07:59 PM
It means that the majority of the people in the village don't like firearms and would never own a gun...
Sunrocket February 26, 2013 at 09:53 PM
I had not heard about the deputy chief either, I wish him a speedy recovery. I really do not think these criminals are putting any thought into whether there are guns in the house or not - I don't think they are smart enough. I think we are a densely populated area with plenty of opportunity. Try one door if it's locked move on to the next relatively quickly.
David Tatarowicz February 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM
All of this conjecture is hilarious !!! The only points I get from this incident is: 1) There are people who want to steal what you have --- for whatever reason. 2) Sutton robbed banks, because that is where the money is --- an average smuck sticks to houses, in an affluent area -- follow the money ! 3) Most robbers are cowards -- they really don't want a confrontation -- most people are not home during a weekday -- less chance of confrontation. 4) Any cop will tell you that the Bad Guys are on the average very stupid --- this is a great illustration of that --- and that is why they eventually get caught. And although I am a second amendment believer --- some of the best defenses against your house being robbed are: 1) At night leave a light on at entranceways -- on the outside not the inside -- they cannot see in that way, but you can see them 2) During the day leave your tv set on --- the average robber will think someone is home if the tv is on 3) Get a dog -- preferably a "yapper" --- Yorkies are small dogs but make a hell of a racket and let you know when someone is there 4) If you like redundancy -- get a big dog too --- the little yapper will annoy them and they will start barking too LOL
Adam W. McCoy (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 01:32 AM
If the suspect was still at-large, police were looking for him, I would provide a description, but being that he was arrested, the information is not germane. A photo of the suspect was not provided, because it's general journalistic practice to not identify suspects until they have been charged.
Adam W. McCoy (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 01:41 AM
I hadn't heard about the deputy chief, Lyle. I saw him just this morning, and he appeared in good health. I will, however, follow up.
Brad February 27, 2013 at 02:21 AM
How is a person's personal health issue meant for publication? I'm sure that people are meaning well and wishing a speedy recovery. He's not a fish in a bowl. Frankly, it's nobody's business but his. Have some respect.
Alol February 27, 2013 at 02:58 AM
I took KS's comment to mean that if the resident had been armed with a gun, someone would've been leaving the scene in an ambulance.
Joe Schmoe February 27, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Why would Adam have access to any village employee's private medical records, let alone report it?
CowDung February 27, 2013 at 03:12 PM
He wouldn't need access to 'private medical records' to report that the deputy is off on medical leave...
CowDung February 27, 2013 at 03:17 PM
That's not necessarily the case either. The anti-gun zealots (like Keith) seem to think that everyone that owns a gun will shoot first and ask questions later. Responsible gun owners should know when the use of the weapon is appropriate and when it is not. Turning the guy away at the door is much better than letting him enter while the homeowner retrieves his gun.
N. Peske February 28, 2013 at 02:30 PM
I agree--I think the easy access and walkability contribute to these types of crimes in our community. Plus, there are blocks where many people aren't home during the day. That said, we also have a lot of people who are home and call the police when they see something suspicious, like a strange car in their neighbor's driveway during the day.
Joe Schmoe February 28, 2013 at 03:21 PM
CowDung, reporting a medical leave is one thing. The fact that he listed a heart attack is not. Unless he had permission from the Deputy Chief to put his business out there, I don't think that's okay. I'm not sure any village employee or citizen would want to share their medical conditions with the general public. Do we even know for sure that's what happened since Adam saw him recently?
CowDung February 28, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Correct. His actual medical condition is not news. If he is on leave or not would be the newsworthy item as his absence potentially effects public safety and can impact the budget by causing overtime requirements for other officers.
Lynne Radcliffe April 26, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Opening the door of a home where you haven't been invited = unlawful & forcible entry That intruder should count himself bleeping lucky that he didn't wander into the home of someone who's prepared to protect herself. I doubt I'd shoot someone just for opening my door like this, but if he'd tried to come in any further, esp. after being told to go away, he'd be in a world of hurt. With a mask & knives, I doubt he was doing anything legal. (Although... in FEB a ski mask is reasonable, and it is legal to have a knife. Even to conceal it if he has a license.)
Lynne Radcliffe April 26, 2013 at 07:52 PM
"it's general journalistic practice to not identify suspects until they have been charged" HA! Any time a lawfully-armed citizen is harassed by the police, their picture & name are all over the news, no matter if they've been wrongfully arrested or falsely charged or not. Put criminals through the same. Post their pictures, give us their names, their addresses, a description of their cars, exactly as is done to the unpopular law-abiding citizens who choose to exercise their rights, despite police wishing they wouldn't.
Lynne Radcliffe April 26, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Criminals like easy targets. That's why they go after places they know nobody is likely to be able to oppose them - anti-gun people, "gun-free" zones, and houses which look unoccupied.

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